What Are The Processes And Insights Into Secondary Infertility?
Secondary infertility can be described when a female is unable to have a baby or is struggling to conceive after previously giving birth.
The main causes of infertility is due to various factors such as:
- Having an imbalanced diet or lack of nutritional supplements
- Stress related
- Hormonal issues/ imbalances
- Complications related to previous pregnancy
- Benign growths (which could occur in the ovaries, womb or fallopian tubes)
Infertility methods are dependent on an individual’s medical condition. The most common types of secondary infertility are:
- Preimplantation genetic testing (PGT):
PGT is a process that involves a detailed analysis and testing of the embryos for any abnormalities or genetic disorders. PGT identifies the strongest embryos during the transfer of IVF and increases the likelihood of having a successful pregnancy.
- In vitro fertilization (IVF):
IVF is a process of retrieving the egg with the sperm and stored outside the female’s body. Days after the cultivation, the healthy embryo is transferred into the womb.
- Intrauterine insemination (IUI):
IUI is a process whereby the sperm cells are directly placed into the uterus before ovulation. This makes the process easier and helps the healthy sperm get closer to the egg for fertilization.
This process is an agreement or contract between the couple and female that will carry the child until birth. Surrogacy only applies to females who have medical problems with their uterus and are unable to conceive or carry the baby full-term.
Having the right support structure through your journey:
Secondary infertility may not always go according to your expectations and can be very stressful and daunting. Infertility treatments can have a huge impact on an individual’s mental, physical and emotional well-being as well as the relationship itself. When going through infertility it is normal to feel overwhelmed with emotions. Acknowledge how you are feeling and allow yourself to feel those emotions. It is not always easy to open up and express yourself therefore it would be highly recommended to consider counselling, therapeutic measures or joining a support group. It is imperative to have a well balanced support structure and knowing that you are not in the process alone.