Dealing with Secondary Infertility

  • Ovulation induction
  • Surgery to remove adhesions or scarring
  • Hormones to treat conditions like PCOS or endometriosis
  • IVF
  • IUI
  • Donor sperm or eggs

Emotional Support While You're Trying

Not being able to get pregnant can be devastating. People who already have a child and are struggling to have another child often report a lack of empathy. Those trying for a first baby might resent that you dare complain about your situation. After all, you already have one child. You might even ask yourself why you're so upset. After all, you've been blessed with a child.

Your older child might ask about a sibling. How do you explain to a 5-year-old that you're trying? Parenting with infertility brings its own type of guilt.

Seek out the support of others who are experiencing these challenges and wish you the best as you build your family.


I had secondary infertility before conceiving my second. (We went on later to conceive others more easily.) Those years of waiting, however, were horribly difficult. Being around others that understood was such a help!

Great article! Secondary fertility is a huge problem, and so many people don't realize it can happen!