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What is Secondary Infertility?

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When popular NBC meteorologist, Dylan Dreyer publicly shared her struggle to become pregnant with a second child, secondary infertility received national attention—and brought comfort and encouragement to many couples facing the same heartache.

Parents who got pregnant easily with their first child, may be surprised and confused when they have difficulty conceiving in the future. Secondary infertility, or being unable to carry a pregnancy to live birth after previously giving birth, affects millions of parents, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. But why does it happen and what can you do?

Causes of Secondary Infertility

Although you may not think about it because you’ve been busy taking care of your child, a lot can change from the time of your first pregnancy to the time you decide you want to grow your family.

  • You are older now, which can make it more difficult to conceive
  • A complication with your first pregnancy or delivery may have resulted in medical complications (i.e. scarring)
  • You or your partner may have gained weight or experienced other lifestyle changes that decrease fertility
  • You or your partner may have started taking medications that impact fertility

Some Perspective from Alisha Pinkerton

No matter what the cause, having trouble conceiving can be an extremely emotional process. Part of the difficulty of coping with infertility is not knowing what to do next. If you’re in this situation, a fertility specialist can help you sort out your options. Understanding is key to staying positive about where you are and where you might go.

Fertility specialist Dr. Vasiliki Moragianni talks about how Penn Fertility Care – Lancaster General Health can help you determine why you may be having trouble getting pregnant and explore fertility options that are right for you.

To learn more about how we can help you achieve your goals for your family, visit, or call 717-544-0107.

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Alisha Pinkerton, MPAS, PA-C

Alisha Pinkerton, MPAS, PA-C, is a certified physician assistant at Penn Fertility Care – Lancaster General Health, Lancaster General Health Physicians. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Chatham College. Alisha has practiced in both infertility and OB-GYN, and is dedicated to providing compassionate care to her patients.

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