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Secondary infertility?

14 January, 2006

Question:

I have been married for 3 years B"H and have 1 child that took 7 months to conceive and was born 6 weeks early due to spontaneous rupture of the membranes. It has been 18 months since our daughter was born, yet I haven't conceived since and I'm only 22 and my husband 23. I'm starting to worry that maybe there could be a secondary infertility problem chas v'shalom and want to be checked out – especially as my mother and close female relations seem to get pregnant every few months despite being older than me. My husband thinks that I'm getting panicked for no reason and doesn't think that I should visit the doctor. What do you advise?


Answer:

For women who have not recently given birth, the general practice is to begin a medical evaluation after the couple has tried to conceive for one year without success.  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.  If you have not been using any form of contraception, your menses have resumed, and eighteen months have passed since the birth of your child, it is reasonable to discuss this concern with your physician.


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