Secondary Infertility, a term no woman wants to hear, but a term that some may face, during any season of life. I've received a handful of requests from the blossomingmommyandbaby community to discuss this topic and my hope today is to provide you with a clear outline on what secondary infertility is and actions steps you can take to continue down the road of health and fertility.
First, let me preference this article by stating I am not a medical doctor. This article is not meant to diagnosis or treat, nor should it be taken as replacement for medical advice. The interpretation of this article is to the sole discretion of the reader.
Let's start of by defining what secondary infertility is. According to The National Infertility Association, secondary infertility "is defined as the inability to become pregnant, or to carry a pregnancy to term, following the birth of one or more biological children. The birth of the first child does not involve any assisted reproductive technologies or fertility medications" (Source)
Secondary infertility can arise for a variety of reasons from both the male or female side, so it is best to seek medical advise and expertise, should you be experiencing or questioning your journey. Ladies, it's also important to note that in any infertility case, there are SO many emotions that come with it. Emotions that you may have never experienced before. Feelings of sadness. Despair. Confusion. Frustration. Anger. Resentment. Enter your emotion here. Regardless of what you are feeling, remember, there is a reason for this. It may not be permanent. It may be a simple lifestyle fix. Some lifestyle factors that can impact secondary fertility include but are not limited to:
Increased body weight
Poor sperm count/quality
Poor sleep hygiene
As women, we also have to understand that we aren't always going to understand "everything", or God's timing... and that's OKAY. Is it hard? Yes. But the only thing you can do is release your power to be in control. Give this struggle up to God and do what YOU can do.
Work on your lifestyle habits.
Drink more water
Limit your caffeine
Limit your stress
Talk with your doctor (you + your spouse!)
Maintain a well regulated exercise plan (not too much, not too little)
Stay in Faith
Although we don't always understand why things in life happen, we can be sure of this, God is good and HE is faithful! When it is your time, HE will show you and HE will bless you. It may be in the form of your own biological child, or it may be in the form of adoption, or another life endeavor. Whatever it is, learn to embrace it and offer this crazy, gorgeous, thrilling, wonderful journey we call life up to Him.
Love you girl. Keep your head high.
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