Many women and couples we treat come to New Hope with what physicians call idiopathic infertility. Also known as unexplained infertility, couples can get a complete infertility examination -- from FSH tests to sperm count tests, only to be told there is no tangible explanation as to why they are having difficulty conceiving.
While an undeniably frustrating situation, there is an upside to unexplained infertility. Simply stated, being diagnosed with unexplained infertility means you've ruled out a majority of the serious stuff. Conditions like PCOS or endometriosis, for instance, cause issues other than infertility that disrupt the lives of many women due to their symptoms, including hormone imbalances or painful periods.
If you're struggling with unexplained infertility, you're not alone. According to RESOLVE, "one in five couples will experience unexplained infertility despite completing a full infertility work-up." Besides the physical toll this unexplained diagnosis entails -- infertility -- it also takes an emotional toll. Many women and men hide their shame and think it must be their fault somehow, the "real" problem yet to show itself and tell them why they really can't get pregnant.
Despite its exhausting nature, you can get pregnant if you've been handed a diagnosis of unexplained infertility. At New Hope, our fertility specialists have helped several women and couples who can't get pregnant and don't know why. Just recently, we helped a 43-year-old get pregnant who, other than having a high FSH level, was extremely healthy and having trouble conceiving on her own. Considering her healthy status, her doctor understood she did not need an aggressive approach to IVF that would require medications and injections, so they chose to proceed with Natural Cycle IVF. Using the protocol's simple monitoring techniques, a healthy egg was retrieved, fertilized, and transferred, and she got pregnant.
If you're struggling with unexplained infertility, don't give up. There's still hope -- so give us a call!