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Fertility Myth #5: You Got Pregnant with Your First; You Won't Have Problems Next Time

It’s National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW).

All week, we’re highlighting fertility myths and facts. We’ve asked fertility doctors what myths they see perpetuated, and we set the record straight. Here's today's myth:

Fertility Myth #5:

    If you got pregnant with no problem five years ago, you won’t have any problem getting pregnant now.

FertilityAuthority Fact:

    Just because you conceived quickly or easily the first time, doesn’t mean you’re immune from infertility. Secondary infertility – difficult conceiving or carrying a child following a natural pregnancy – is on the rise. In fact, the majority of infertility cases today are secondary in nature.

    There are a number of causes but a likely culprit is age. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, fertility starts to decline in your 30s.

    If you’re under the age of 35 and have been trying to conceive for one year, or over the age of 35 and have been trying to conceive for 6 months, see a fertility doctor – also known as a reproductive endocrinologist. If you are 38 or older, don’t wait six months – the clock is ticking.