What is Unexplained Infertility?
An estimated 10 to 15 percent of couples that seek treatment for infertility issues are ultimately diagnosed with unexplained infertility. Couples fall into this category when conventional methods of evaluating infertility fail to identify a specific cause for the condition.
How is Infertility Diagnosed?
When conception has not occurred after a year of trying, an infertility evaluation is recommended. This entails a medical history and physical, testing of blood hormone levels, assessment of ovulatory function, uterine and fallopian tube evaluation, and semen analysis.
Additional tests that may also be required includes laparoscopy, a surgical procedure that allows your doctor to view the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes through a small lighted instrument that is inserted into the abdomen.
More extensive tests to evaluate sperm morphology and sperm function are also sometimes performed.
How is Unexplained Infertility Treated?
Treatment is geared to the individual couple beginning with simple approaches such as healthy lifestyle changes. A small percentage of couples with unexplained infertility go on to conceive spontaneously without treatment, although this is not the norm.
Often couples are recommended to move forward with fertility treatments that may include medications such as Clomid to help with ovulation in conjunction with an intrauterine insemination (IUI). Eventually, some couples turn to in vitro fertilization (IVF) to realize their goal of parenthood.
Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates cares for couples experiencing unexplained infertility in Southlake, Keller, Grapevine, Colleyville, Denton and their surrounding areas.