Your reproductive endocrinologist chose his or her fertility sub-specialty to help find the causes of male infertility and female infertility, and resolve the issues. When your fertility specialist classifies your case as unexplained infertility, does that mean: “I give up?”
Dr. Mark Rispler at Innovative Fertility Center strongly believes that unexplained infertility is simply a placeholder until he can 1) find the cause of infertility, and 2) resolve infertility, even in the absence of a reason.
Advances in reproductive technology have progressed since the first IVF birth in 1978, but there are still mysteries yet to be solved:
Why does a mild case of endometriosis sometimes cause severe symptoms, while advanced endometriosis can remain undetected?
What causes a woman’s eggs to diminish in quality as she ages…and can we reverse that?
When fertility tests reveal a sound uterine lining, open fallopian tubes, good sperm and regular ovulation, why can’t the couple get pregnant?
If you have been diagnosed with unexplained infertility, take heart. A good fertility specialist will not accept defeat, and neither should you. Fertility treatment options exist to increase the chances of getting pregnant, no matter the cause.
Ask about intrauterine insemination (IUI), in-vitro fertilization (IVF) or even donor services as potential pathways to parenthood.
Meanwhile, seek emotional support for the journey ahead. Studies show that couples diagnosed with unexplained infertility suffer from anxiety, depression and unresolved grief, even years after the infertility crisis ends.
If you suspect you may have trouble getting pregnant, or have been diagnosed with unexplained infertility, consider getting a second opinion and scheduling a consultation with a fertility specialist. Dr. Rispler sees patients at his Manhattan Beach fertility center, and is devoted to finding answers to the toughest cases.