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Fertility Facts vs Fertility Myths: What You Need to Know

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Updated September 15, 2013

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Myth: If You Already Have a Child, You Can't Have Infertility.
Secondary infertility, or infertility after you already have at least one child, is more common than

Secondary infertility, or infertility after you already have at least one child, is more common than you think.

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Infertility Myth: Once you have a child, you're proven "fertile" and won't have trouble getting pregnant.

Fertility Facts: Secondary infertility, which is infertility that occurs after you've already had at least one child, is more common than you think.

According to data collected by the Center for Disease Control in 2002, 11% of couples who have already had at least one child experience secondary infertility. That's approximately 4 million couples in the United States of America, or about half of all infertility cases.

Unfortunately, couples going through secondary infertility are sometimes not taken as seriously as those experiencing primary infertility. They may be told that "You've had one, so you can for sure have another." As the statistics above show, this isn't always true.

Another issue couples coping with secondary infertility face is being told they should be grateful for the child or children they have. Of course, they are grateful, but this does not undo their desire for another child or negate the emotional pain of not being able to easily conceive another. They still experience a sense of loss.

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