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If you had your first baby without any problems, and then struggle to conceive again, it is referred to as secondary infertility. Secondary infertility is much more common than you might think it has increased by 60 percent in the last 15 years in the United States. Sometimes, the cause of secondary infertility can be tracked down through fertility testing, but it often remains idiopathic. So, if you are facing secondary infertility, and the possible cause is a lack of ovarian reserves or poor egg quality, especially in older women, using an egg donor for secondary infertility might be of of the possibilities to look in to.

Egg donation means that you could get pregnant again, through IVF. Your partner's semen could be used to fertilize an egg from an egg donor, which could then be implanted into your uterus. Women facing secondary infertility might feel a combination of anger, grief and disbelief. It is understandable that you might feel like you should be able to get pregnant naturally, because after all, you have succeeded before! But for women who really feel called to be pregnant again, egg donation might provide the answer. Once you have found the right fertility clinic, and the right donor (these two often go hand in hand as fertility clinics have egg donation programs), your egg donor will receive fertility treatments to produce as many eggs as she can. During the same time, you will also be required to take fertility drugs that make your body more receptive to the embryo that will be created. Two to five days after your egg donor's eggs have been harvested, an embryo will usually be inserted into your body.

IVF is always a trying and involved process, but perhaps even more so with egg donation. Two women will be going through the treatment that will hopefully create a successful pregnancy in the end. IVF can be physically challenging. But that is not the only thing to think about when it comes to getting pregnant with the help of an egg donor, especially for secondary infertility. Some questions to consider before opting for IVF with an egg donor, preferably with a counselor are, how do I feel about giving my child a sibling that is not biologically a full sibling? , do I have any negative feelings about egg donation , and if we end up going this route, will we be open with everyone about the conception of our child?

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