Dealing with Unexplained Infertility

Dealing with Unexplained Infertility

What is unexplained infertility?

A couple is diagnosed with unexplained infertility when they have been to a fertility specialist, undergone tests and still have no clear cause of infertility to report. Doctors can’t pinpoint what exactly the problem is. Is it the male and his sperm analysis? Is it the woman and her eggs? Is it the ovulation or the fallopian tubes? No one can tell exactly what the issue is. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Primary vs secondary infertility

Primary infertility refers to couples who have not become pregnant after at least 1 year having sex without using birth control methods. Common causes of infertility of females include ovulation problems (e.g. polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), the leading reason why women present to fertility clinics due to anovulatory infertility.) tubal blockage.

Pelvic inflammatory disease caused by infections like tuberculosis. Secondary infertility, on the other hand, refers to couples who have been able to get pregnant at least once, but now are unable. Most of the secondary infertility cases have unexplained infertility. Since the couple is able to get pregnant the first time, it would be difficult to pinpoint what the real problem is.


The emotional pain of unexplained infertility

Imagine being one of the tributes in the Hunger Games. You don’t know who to trust, what to do, how to survive. That’s the burden of having unexplained infertility. You will never know how to start, what to do to boost your chances of getting pregnant. You don’t know what the problem is, and so unsure what to “fix” too if there’s any that needs fixing. You don’t know which medication to take and what the next step is. That’s how difficult it is to have unexplained fertility. Couples are left hanging, clueless on what they should do. This can lead to depression and too much stress for most couples.

Is there a treatment for unexplained infertility?

Since doctors don’t know exactly “what” is causing unexplained infertility, it can be a little bit harder to pinpoint the correct course of treatment to take. Sometimes doctors recommend alternative treatments like acupuncture and massage therapy to help deal with unexplained infertility. If those things don’t work, doctors might try fertility treatment methods like Clomid or in-vitro fertilization. The upside of IVF is that it can sometimes reveal subtle infertility factors other diagnostic processes miss, such as inadequate egg quality and embryo development or implantation issues.

When a couple is facing unexplained infertility, going back to the basics might be the best thing to do: checking the hormonal balance, cervical mucus, fertility-related health problems, stress levels, nutritional status and lifestyle habits. If you think you need additional testing, that needs to be addressed too. Do not hesitate to set an appointment with your doctor for further assistance.

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Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD
Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.