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Understanding the Diagnosis of Unexplained Infertility

Posted on April 30th, 2024

Unexplained infertility can be a frustrating diagnosis because, as its name implies, there’s no real rhyme or reason to it. It can impact aspiring parents of all ages and backgrounds, leading to more questions than answers. Fortunately, while some people may never know why they’re having trouble conceiving, it doesn’t mean they have to give up on their family-building dreams.

When Is Unexplained Infertility Diagnosed?

About 30% of infertile couples worldwide are diagnosed with unexplained infertility. A fertility specialist will typically diagnose unexplained infertility after both intended parents complete fertility testing that reveals:

  • No uterine abnormalities
  • Regular ovulation
  • Unobstructed fallopian tubes
  • Normal hormone levels
  • A good egg count
  • Normal sperm analysis

Potential causes include undiagnosed underlying conditions, endometriosis, egg or sperm quality issues, or poorly timed intercourse.

Treating Unexplained Infertility

A fertility specialist may recommend different treatments based on factors unique to your situation, such as age. Some common paths to parenthood for those diagnosed with unexplained infertility include:

  • Medications: A fertility specialist may prescribe medications that stimulate egg production and ovulation, either by themselves or in conjunction with IUI or IVF treatment.
  • Lifestyle changes: In some cases, lifestyle changes can improve the chances of conception. A doctor may recommend avoiding alcohol and tobacco, maintaining a healthy weight, and eating a well-balanced diet.
  • Properly timed intercourse: There’s only a small window of time when conception can occur during the menstrual cycle. A fertility specialist can help you narrow down that window, maximizing your chances of getting pregnant.
  • Intrauterine insemination (IUI): During an IUI procedure, a doctor inserts sperm directly into the uterus, making it easier for the sperm to reach the eggs.
  • In vitro fertilization (IVF): IVF is one of the most commonly recommended treatment options for unexplained infertility. It involves four main steps: ovarian stimulation using hormonal medications, egg retrieval, fertilization, and embryo transfer.
  • Third-party reproduction: Infertile couples or intended single parents can use donor eggs or sperm to have children.

Explore Unexplained Infertility Treatment in Houston

Unexplained infertility can be a daunting diagnosis, but you don’t have to navigate it alone. At Aspire HFI, we offer the expertise and fertility care necessary to help you grow your family. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact our team today.

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