BONUS 227: The Emotional Impact of Secondary Infertility

October 4, 2019

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Today’s bonus episode guest is Dr. Maria Rothenburger, a psychotherapist who specializes in infertility. If you haven’t already listened to it, she shared her personal infertility story in Episode 18.

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Dr. Rothenburger and Heather discuss the emotional impact of secondary infertility and how to cope:

INTRODUCTION

  • What misconceptions might infertility warriors have about secondary infertility, and what are the facts?
  • Broadly, why is secondary infertility so emotionally difficult?

EMOTIONAL IMPACT OF SECONDARY INFERTILITY

  • How does secondary infertility impact partner, family, and friend relationships?
  • Is it normal to feel…and why?
    • Out of place among fertility patients
    • Pressure from existing children, family, and society
    • Guilty
    • Relief
  • What are some additional emotions secondary infertility warriors might feel, and why?
    • Loneliness
    • Sadness and grief
    • Frustration
    • Gratitude
    • Others?
  • Let’s discuss some specific ways secondary infertility is emotionally challenging:
    • No one validates you
    • This time it’s for your child
    • Usually unexplainable
    • Your doctor delays referring since you have one child and presumes you will readily conceive again
    • If you experienced primary infertility, whatever the reason, now age is likely an additional factor
    • Easy pregnancy coming off birth control pills the first time
    • Tubal ligation or vasectomy – a complicated decision
    • Others?
  • How can individuals and couples cope with secondary infertility? (A bunch of tips or some X-step plans)
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?

WRAPPING UP

  • What words of hope would you offer to listeners who have secondary infertility?

BONUS: Check out BONUS 17 for a discount code for some of Dr. Rothenburger’s services.

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