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Infertility Alert

Having another baby is probably the last thing on your mind, but when you're ready, be aware that some women have trouble the second time around. "Just because you got pregnant easily the first time doesn't guarantee you will the second time," says Linda Applegarth, a psychologist with the Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, in New York City. What you need to know:

The stats More than 3 million couples are coping with "secondary infertility," according to Resolve, Inc., a national infertility education association based in Bethesda, MD.

Why it happens Numbers are on the rise because so many couples are waiting longer to start their families.

When you should be concerned Couples should seek help after a year of trying if the woman is under 35 and after six months if the woman is over 35. Some doctors mistakenly reassure patients who have previously conceived-don't hesitate to request a referral to a fertility specialist.

How to get help "Women with secondary infertility don't get the same support that women without any children do," says Applegarth. For information, visit Resolve.org or call its toll-free help line, (888) 623-0744.

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