What Is IVF? Can It Help Us Finally Have Another Baby?

It is more common that you might think to have trouble conceiving again after you’ve had one baby. There are a number of reasons why you and your husband may be having difficulty getting pregnant again but there is one possible answer in the form of In Vitro Fertilisation or IVF. It can help you conceive and carry subsequent children. The best advice would be to visit an IVI Clinic to speak with an expert, but in many cases IVF can help you conceive and have other children even if you think you’ve tried everything.

Advice NOT to Listen To

So many well-meaning friends and family members tell you there is nothing to worry about, that you’ve had one child so there is nothing to stop you from having more. In actuality, there could be a number of actual physiological reasons why you don’t conceive so it is imperative to seek professional help. The first thing a fertility expert will do is run a series of tests to determine what the actual cause of your current infertility is. So you’ve had a baby and think you shouldn’t have a problem? This is not always the case.

Diminished Ovarian Reserve           

One of the leading causes of infertility, secondary infertility as it is sometimes referred to, is the advanced age of the woman. No, she doesn’t need to be past her prime but at a certain age those eggs are much less viable. Only an accurate diagnosis can substantiate this condition and actually, women as young as 30 years of age can suffer from diminished ovarian reserve. There are two ways in which DOR is manifested. In one case there will be diminishing numbers of eggs or it could be that those eggs simply fail to mature. In either case, a specialist could perform IVF by harvesting the eggs, collecting sperm from the father and then performing IVF under laboratory conditions. However, if you suspect DOR there is not a moment to spare because you need to catch eggs whilst they are still viable and not too old.

What Is IVF?

As described above, IVF or In Vitro Fertilisation, is the process whereby eggs are collected from the woman and mixed with sperm cells from the man. They are placed in a glass dish so that the sperm swim to and attach to the eggs in order to fertilise them. In Vitro is Latin meaning ‘in glass,’ and hundreds of thousands of babies have been conceived in this way within the past several decades. Once the egg is fertilised and an embryo is formed, the embryo is placed in the mother’s uterus so that she can carry the baby to term.

There are other ultimate causes of secondary infertility such as low sperm count in the male, endometriosis in the woman, scarring on the fallopian tubes, problems ovulating and perhaps even the sperms’ inability to live in the mucous within the cervix. If you have had one baby and are trying to get pregnant with a second, there may be hope at an IVI clinic but don’t wait too long. Some problems can be easily ‘fixed’ but others, such as aging eggs need to be resolved as quickly as possible.

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7 Comments

  1. April 25, 2017 / 6:09 pm

    Great and informative post! Many don’t realize how common using IVF is either. Thank you for sharing!

  2. August 28, 2015 / 9:14 pm

    I would like to point out that if you are considering embarking on IVF one thing it is is not is easy I know my wife and myself have been down this path it was far from easy physically for my wife infact very difficult and an emotional roller coaster for us both,your post gives a very simplistic view of IVF and actually anybody reading this with no knowledge of IVF would find it very misleading.
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  3. August 28, 2015 / 8:52 pm

    I don’t think IVF is the ‘easy answer’ at all. As someone who has been through IVF I can say that it’s not easy. The drugs mess with your body and health, let alone your mental wellbeing and emotions. IVF is a wonderful advancement in helping people to create a family, but it’s far from easy.
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    • August 28, 2015 / 9:05 pm

      …if it is a route that you’re going down I wish you all the best. We were lucky ours worked first time x
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  4. August 28, 2015 / 8:32 am

    This must have been a sensitive post for you to write, but such an informative one.
    Bizarrely with me, I needed fertility help to conceive my oldest child (Clomid with ex) but T and D were both extremely happy accidents! I
    put it down to that I was under far less stress with Hubbie, wasn’t commuting and was in a far healthier relationship. I don’t mean that in a smutty way (!) but was with someone who I knew truly loved me and wanted to be with me, as well as a great step dad.
    I know from your posts that Ross is all these things for you so hope that you both get your little one soon xx

    • August 28, 2015 / 6:36 pm

      It is never easy writing things about this subject. I am so pleased to hear how yours turned out Jeannette and thank you so much xx

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