There is nothing quick about ANY infertility diagnosis. Multiple tests from both partners are needed for a complete fertility work-up. So when all the test results are back and the answer is unexplained infertility, it’s all the more frustrating.
Approximately one out of five couples will be diagnosed with unexplained infertility. Knowing that the diagnosis is common doesn’t make it any easier to hear. Advances in fertility care are happening every day; but unexplained infertility reflects the present limitation of medical science.
It’s important to know that “unexplained” does not mean that a couple is never going to get pregnant. It means it may take longer than usual. Obviously it’s easier to fix a known problem than to tackle an unknown problem. When a diagnosis is not clear our physicians work with their patients to determine the correct course of action based on their individual circumstances.
According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, “couples with unexplained infertility may have problems with egg quality, tubal function, or sperm function that are difficult to diagnose and/or treat”. Some patients have had success using fertility drugs and IUI. Others opt to go right to IVF. Your physician will review the pros and cons of all options so together you can decide which treatment will best suit your situation.
Support for Unexplained Infertility
Managing the stress that comes from fertility treatment, or even the diagnosis of infertility, is important. Research has shown that attending a support group can be a highly effective way to cope.
Genesis offers bi-monthly virtual support groups, focusing on all types of infertility issues. This professionally-led support group is for individuals and couples who have suffered infertility and/or pregnancy losses and who wish to explore their thoughts and feelings with others in a safe, healing environment.
One final thought
Just because your diagnosis is unexplained infertility, it doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do. Women have a good chance of achieving a pregnancy with the treatment options we have today.