Unexplained infertility has to be one of the most frustrating causes of infertility doesn’t it? How can you fix a problem if there is no problem? And if there is no problem, why are things not working? Why are you not pregnant?!
We turned to Dr Izquierdo from IVF life and asked him to answer our questions about Unexplained Infertility.
How is unexplained infertility defined?
Scientists define unexplained infertility as the inability to get pregnant, in women having regular periods, after one year of unprotected intercourse, or after six months for women over 35 who meet the basic medical conditions.
How common is unexplained infertility?
Fertility clinics estimate that unexplained infertility affects 30% of patients.
Is unexplained infertility just a problem that hasn’t been identified?
While we are unable to find the cause of infertility in these patients, it does not imply that the disorder has no cause. We diagnose infertility after we have completed a thorough fertility evaluation of the man and the woman.
Why would a couple experience this?
Even if a woman is ovulating, and there are no problems that have been found after initial testing, and the sperm quality is good, conception still may not happen. This is why a full fertility evaluation is necessary. We are looking for undetected issues such as tubal patency, endometrial factors, ovarian reserve, cervical factors, hormonal factors, egg fertilization factors, or a sperm acrosome reaction.
If there is no obvious problem to solve, how will a woman manage to get pregnant?
This is a very common medical question, but as physicians, we are used to dealing with problems for which we do not know the cause, and most of the time we find a way to fix them.
Will an IVF treatment be effective in the absence of a well-defined problem?
Women over 35 or who have been experiencing infertility for a long time are candidates for IVF. IVF treatments shorten the time for conception and reduce the risk of multiple pregnancies compared to IUI (Intrauterine Insemination) or COH (Controlled Ovarian Hyperstimulation).
If you have been diagnosed with unexplained infertility, take a moment to look through our “next steps” guidance by clicking here. Here, we guide you through the best way to choose a fertility clinic, along with offering information about fertility nutrition and lifestyle.
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