Questioning Unexplained Infertility

A diagnosis of unexplained infertility is confusing and downright upsetting. Hopeful individuals or couples go to doctors expecting definitive answers about why getting pregnant is so difficult. When nothing comes up on all basic fertility tests, all hope disappears. Open and effective communication with a fertility specialist is essential when dealing with unexplained infertility. Asking the right questions can help, as there are often solutions for this condition. Here are 3 questions to better understand the situation and make informed decisions regarding fertility treatment.


1. What are the fertility treatment options?

Unexplained infertility does not mean there’s nothing the patient or fertility team can do to help with pregnancy. Several fertility treatment options are commonly recommended for couples diagnosed with unexplained infertility. The treatment approach is often empirical, based on clinical experience and some guesswork, due to the lack of a specific cause. The initial steps might involve lifestyle changes such as weight loss, smoking cessation, reducing alcohol and caffeine consumption, exercise, and reducing stress. Should this approach fail, the next step typically involves fertility medications and assisted reproductive technology (ART) procedures. Fertility drugs may promote ovulation or sperm health. Intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF) may be considered if more conservative methods are unsuccessful. In some cases, an egg donor or gestational carrier may be recommended.

2. What are the chances of pregnancy?

Overall success rates of fertility treatments for couples with unexplained infertility can vary. Research shows that 92% of couples with unexplained infertility who underwent fertility treatments ultimately had a child, so there is hope. However, various factors, including patient age, health, specific treatment protocols, and the expertise of the fertility specialist, can influence outcomes. Success rates may also vary depending on the fertility treatment used, with IVF resulting in higher chances of pregnancy. Consulting with a fertility specialist and discussing individual circumstances can provide a more accurate understanding of the success rates for specific treatments.

3. Any natural remedies or alternative therapies?

Some patients prefer to have a child naturally, whether for religious or financial reasons. However, with most natural remedies and alternative therapies, there is limited scientific evidence to support effectiveness. Anecdotally, some couples have found acupuncture and herbal supplements helpful. Consulting with a fertility specialist is crucial before attempting any alternative therapies. This ensures personalized guidance and avoids interference with ongoing treatments or medications. Natural IVF is also growing in popularity. The fertility team performs IVF without hormone medication, only creating embryos with the eggs naturally produced by the body.

An unexplained answer

Remember that unexplained infertility is complex, and what works for some patients may not work for other individuals. Work closely with a healthcare professional. Consider a combination of medical interventions, lifestyle changes, and alternative therapies for a holistic approach to addressing unexplained infertility. With the advancements in fertility treatments and the support of a knowledgeable fertility specialist willing to answer questions, a baby is possible.

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