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Unexplained Infertility

Imagine this scenario: After months of trying to conceive without success, you and your husband decide to visit a reproductive endocrinologist (RE) for testing. After an initial workup of you both, they find nothing wrong.

Initially, this seems like good news. But as time goes by – and you’re still not pregnant – that “good” news begins to become more confusing and concerning. Of course you don’t want to hear that your husband has a low sperm count… or that you don’t ovulate on your own… but at least knowing that would allow you to formulate a concrete plan to address the issue.

Instead, you’re left with a diagnosis of ‘unexplained infertility‘, which means that there is either nothing wrong with you medically or we simply don’t yet have technology available to determine what is wrong. (Statistics do show, however, that the more comprehensive your initial diagnostic workup is, the more likely they will be able to identify a specific contributing factor to your infertility.)

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‘Unexplained infertility’ is a fairly common diagnosis, affecting roughly 20% of couples experiencing infertility. The important thing to remember if you receive this diagnosis, though, is that there is hope. You still have a chance at conceiving naturally. It’s critical at this point to ensure that both you and your partner are working hard at timing intercourse appropriately prior to and during ovulation. Fertility monitors or ovulation predictor kits are particularly helpful in this regard.

At a certain point (after exhausting natural options, such as FertilAid for Women and Men), you may consider moving forward with fertility drugs such as Clomid or fertility treatments such as IUI (Intrauterine Insemination), or IVF (In-vitro Fertilization). Depending upon the couple, these forms of treatment may lead to pregnancy or possibly uncovering a diagnosis of the cause of infertility for one or both partners.

In any case, a diagnosis of unexplained infertility is not the end of the world; it’s important to remember that you are not alone. Great strides are being made in this area of research, and we expect that to result in fewer and fewer diagnoses of “unexplained” infertility.

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