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Secondary Infertility: When You Can't Have Another Child

ABC News/Health,  July 15, 2010

Lauri De Brito is one of many women nationwide who suffer from secondary infertility -- the inability to conceive or have a full-term pregnancy after having had children without trouble before.

The estimates of how many women have secondary infertility very widely, but somewhere around 30 percent of infertility in women is secondary infertility, according to experts. It can be emotionally devastating for women — and their partners — who go through it.

Their frustration with not being able to have more children is often mixed with feelings of guilt, despair and obsession.

"People asked me why I couldn't be happy with the child I have. I wondered the same thing myself. I had this perfect child, and I felt I was ruining the first years of her life. I wondered why I couldn't be happy," said de Brito.

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I had my son at 20. I got married last August at age 27. Hubs and I have been TTC for almost a year. I have secondary infertility due to PCOS. It has been a trying year and we are gearing up for FSH injections as the next tx step next month. I have a my sweet 7 yo boy and my sweet also 7 yo stepson. But we want an ours baby... It is quite the emotional rollercoaster...

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