Unexplained Infertility: What are Your Options
It is no secret that over the past few years, significant advancements have occurred in the diagnosis and treatment of reproductive disorders, including unexplained infertility.
Unexplained infertility should not be ignored. Treatment options are available based on individual patient characteristics such as age, treatment efficacy, and cost considerations.
What is Unexplained Infertility?
Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after one year of regular unprotected intercourse. The infertility evaluation is typically initiated after one year of trying to conceive. Still, in couples with advanced female age (> 35 years), most practitioners begin with a diagnostic evaluation after an inability to conceive for six months.
Unexplained infertility occurs when no cause is found for a couple’s inability to conceive. About 10 percent of infertile couples suffer from unexplained infertility.
Treatment Options for Unexplained Fertility
A diagnosis of unexplained infertility is made after recommended fertility testing fails to reveal any abnormality. The core treatments for unexplained infertility include expectant observation with timed intercourse and lifestyle changes, intrauterine insemination (IUI), controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH) with IUI, egg donation, and IVF.
IVF-ICSI in California
The most successful treatment of unexplained infertility consists of the spectrum of assisted reproductive technology, including IVF, with or without ICSI.
The IVF process includes controlled ovarian stimulation, egg retrieval, optional sperm injection into the egg via intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), embryo growth, possible preimplantation genetic testing, and embryo transfer. It can take one to three months to complete the entire IVF process.
Unexplained infertility does not mean that you have no options. There is hope. PureOvum Egg Collective is partnered with Fertility Specialists Medical Group (FSMG), the leading all-female physician led fertility center in Southern California.