Couples who have been diagnosed with ‘unexplained infertility” may simultaneously experience feelings of relief and frustration. If you have received this medical report don’t let it stop you from pursuing your dream of having a baby.
For many couples being classified as infertile comes as a big shock. In fact for those who are eager to start a family the news can be downright devastating. Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after one year of unprotected sex.
The response from couples who have been declared infertile is universal, ‘so what should we do now?’
For most the next step is typically a trip to a fertility specialist to discover the root cause of the infertility. Infertility can manifest for a number of reasons including poor egg quality, failure to ovulate, low sperm count and poor health and amongst others.
What is unexplained infertility?
As with most problems in life identifying the cause helps us to apply the right solution. But what if we can’t identify the root of our problem? This is the reality that 15 percent of infertile couples have to live with. Unexplained infertility happens when standard fertility testing has not yielded any definitive causes for infertility. This diagnosis can be seen as a
major setback and leave couples feeling deflated and confused about the way forward.
What are our options?
The good news is that there are no obvious or urgent medical issues that need to be addressed. This means that you don’t have the burden of spending time and money on
alleviating any major health problems. Instead here are some practical tips to help you keep moving forward:
Manage your health: Improving your diet and overall health is a simple way to increase your chances of falling pregnant.
Monitor your cycle: If you haven’t started using an ovulation calculator now would be a good time. Ovulation calculators can help you track and identify the optimum time for conception.
Live your life: Don’t obsess over your infertility. Relax and enjoy your life. Do the things you love with the people you love. This will help your mind and body prepare for conception and pregnancy.
Consider medical treatments: Couples who have unexplained infertility may choose to pursue IVF or similar assisted technologies to improve their chances.
The road to conception
If you have been diagnosed with unexplained infertility don’t become discouraged. Realize that the road to conception is a winding one filled with many bumps and turns. Let go of
the need to control every outcome. Life rarely plays out the way we think it should but growth happens as we learn to roll with the punches. Even the best success stories are laced with failures, disappointments and unexpected happenings. So allow this turn of events to be part of your success story.
By Cindy Harker