Chances are someone you know, who already has a child, wants to have more children and the process isn’t going as they hoped or planned that it would.
Whether they are over 35 and have tried for more than six months, they are under 35 and have tried for more than a year or they are any age, but have experienced three miscarriages, they may be dealing with secondary infertility.
Especially for those who were able to get and stay pregnant relatively easily the first time around, secondary infertility can be shocking.
How is it possible that trying to have another child isn’t as easy as it was before?
Did we do something wrong?
Why does it seem like so many of our loved ones are able to have subsequent children, as they hoped and planned, and not us?
It doesn’t make sense or seem fair.
It’s been almost ten years since my husband and I began trying to have another child and over four years since we were finally able to bring home another baby.
Though we believe our family is complete now and we are no longer trying to have more children, I will never forget what it felt like to experience secondary infertility and loss over the five years that we struggled to expand our family. There are many physical and emotional scars that remain with me, as a reminder of our journey. I will also never give up on being an advocate in effort to help others to know more about secondary infertility.
Whether you are in the trenches trying to have another child or love a family who is experiencing secondary infertility, I challenge you, during this National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW), to Resolve to Know More About Secondary Infertility.
Every day people find my blog by searching the internet for support and answers related to how to cope with secondary infertility and loss. Knowing my writing and resource pages are able to help others means a lot to me and validates so much of what my family and I went through trying to expand our family.
Overs the years I have consciously made an effort for my blog to be a place people can turn to with questions about secondary infertility and loss, as well as for those looking for support.
To learn more about Secondary Infertility, check out my Secondary Infertility resource page. It includes links to my past NIAW posts about Secondary Infertility and many other articles about hope to cope with and support others dealing with Secondary Infertility.
During this NIAW, please do what you can to raise awareness about the realities of living with and supporting those who are dealing with infertility. Thank you!
If you want to find out more about infertility and/or learn more about NIAW, please check out these links:
- http://www.resolve.org/infertility101 (Basic understanding of the disease of infertility.)
- http://www.resolve.org/national-infertility-awareness-week/about.html (About NIAW)