When a couple has trouble conceiving even after one year of trying, they may take tests to rule
out infertility. When there is no known cause for infertility in either partner, it is termed as
unexplained infertility. In this case, it is hard to figure out what to do next as one cannot
pinpoint the problem in either partner.
Here are 5 facts that you should know about unexplained infertility:
- Around 20-30% infertility patients have unexplained diagnosis
The diagnostic testing available at present can only identify the major reasons why a couple may have a difficult time getting pregnant. However, these tests cannot ascertain all the reasons and may be diagnosed as unexplained infertility. There are no tests for subtle infertility factors that could impact fertilization, such as poor egg quality.
- Patients with unexplained infertility have one to four percent chance of conceiving without treatment
On an average, fertile couples have about 20 percent chance of conceiving. That number falls to between 1-4 percent in those who have unexplained infertility. By comparison, it just goes to show that even the most fertile people can struggle to get pregnant. Before going for invasive treatment options, try using minimal intervention treatments. To know more, talk to our team at KIMS Cuddles.
- Without intervention, pregnancy rate for women with unexplained infertility is about 30 to 60 percent.
Sometime, the doctor might advise women with unexplained infertility to just wait it out and see. However, it does not always mean success at having a baby. This is known as “expectant management”. Apart from doing this, women can also try to increase their chances by techniques such as making changes to your diet. Going on a fertility diet by increasing organic products, meat and dairy, fish and higher-fiber foods can lead to 80 percent decrease in infertility due to ovulatory disorders.
- Unexplained infertility leads to IVF being the only option in many cases
A randomized trial of couples with unexplained infertility revealed that couples who are unable to conceive after three cycles of intrauterine insemination (IUI) should try for in vitro fertilization (IVF) as the next step. This often helps lead towards a successful pregnancy. IVF can also reveal subtle infertility factors (such as low egg quality and embryo development, or implantation issues) that other diagnostic processes often miss. The success rate of IVF is also higher.
- About six percent of women with unexplained infertility have celiac disease
It may not always be the reproductive organs that can cause infertility. According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, when people with celiac disease eat gluten, their body builds an auto immune response that affects the small intestine and hinders nutrient absorption. This may lead to infertility problems. If a reproductive endocrinologist is unable to find out the cause of infertility, it may be a good idea to see an allergist.
Those dealing with unexplained infertility can often feel depressed or frustrated. However, these facts are only a part of your struggle and do not define you in any way. Seek the help of our specialists at KIMS Cuddles to motivate you on your journey to motherhood.