Infertility is defined as having unprotected sex for one year without conceiving. For women over the age of thirty five, this diagnosis comes after six months. Once you visit the doctor, a variety of tests will be performed to try to determine why you aren’t getting pregnant. For between fifteen and twenty five percent of women, there are no concrete answers. This is known as unexplained infertility.
Unexplained infertility is particularly frustrating because there is no good answer to why it is happening. This makes treating these women more difficult. In most cases, the cause is determined and treatment is prescribed for the condition. There is no clear direction for treatment when the cause is unknown.
Some doctors believe there may be a cause, but it just can’t be found. Although technology has grown drastically in recent years, there is still a long way to go. Much of the conception process is still a mystery. It may be that the problem can’t be diagnosed with the current reproductive technology.
At some fertility clinics, patients with unexplained infertility are treated with drugs and other treatments. In many cases, drugs are used to stimulate ovulation. In vitro fertilization may be done to help the couple achieve pregnancy. This may ultimately lead to a pregnancy, but it does not get at the root of the problem.
It is normal for women with unexplained infertility to second guess their doctors. You may wonder if the doctor has performed all the necessary tests. You may wonder if he has missed the problem. This is a typical reaction. The best way to deal with this is to keep track of all tests performed. Become more knowledgeable about infertility. Keep a notebook of all tests. Write down when the test was performed, what day of your cycle and any other pertinent information. This will be valuable if you decide to seek another opinion.
Trying to get pregnant is stressful. Going through treatments only to find there is no known explanation adds even more stress. Some doctors believe that stress makes conception even more difficult. The stress a woman experiences while trying to conceive can actually get in the way of conception.
It’s important to try to keep stress to a minimum while you are trying to make a baby. Some couples have found therapy to be helpful. This works best when the couple attends sessions together. Other stress relief options that may help you feel calm include meditation, yoga, prayer and hypnosis. If you have a lot of stress, talk to your doctor about ways to relieve it.