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Testing for secondary infertility?

7 May, 2009

Question:

Hi…my son is almost 26 months old and I haven't been on any pills or anything..I dont feel like I have to have a baby right away, but if I became pregnant I would be thrilled…but people keep bothering me to do those crazy fertility tests. Do you have any advice for me since you deal with these matters frequently? Thanking you in advance.


Answer:

The amount of time it takes for a woman to conceive another child after giving birth varies from woman to woman, even within the same family. The general practice is to begin a medical evaluation after a couple has tried to conceive for one year without success.

While it can be scary and overwhelming to enter an unknown world of tests and procedures, the fact that you would be thrilled to get pregnant may be an indication that you are ready to look into the matter. When and if you want to proceed, you should raise this concern with your gynecologist. Take things one step at a time. Do not overwhelm yourself, and wait until you feel ready to go on to the next stage.

You should not pressure yourself into initiating an evaluation until you feel ready. Your fertility is no one else's business and it is rude for others to inquire or make suggestions to you. 

Please feel free to get back to us with any further questions. 

We wish you much hatzlacha! 


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