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Secondary Infertility: When You Can't Have Another Child
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.