What Is Unexplained Infertility, and What Are the Treatment Options?

Unexplained infertility, which has no known cause in either the woman or the man, is a common problem. Even if there is no ob

Infertility is a condition in which a couple does not conceive a baby after 12 months of unprotected sex. It affects 1 in 8 couples, according to RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association.

Approximately one-third of infertility is due to a medical condition in the woman, and one-third is attributed to the man. The remaining one-third of infertility occurs because of issues with both partners — or the infertility is unexplained.

Unexplained infertility can be frustrating, but it also can be treated. In fact, there are a range of treatment options for couples experiencing unexplained infertility.

Here at Albany Obstetrics & Gynecology, we help couples with unexplained infertility get the best possible treatment so they can increase their odds of becoming parents.

Full range of testing

To learn more about what may be causing infertility, our compassionate team of professionals conduct a full range of testing and medical evaluations. These may include ovulation testing, imaging of the woman’s reproductive organs, hormone testing, and analysis of the man’s semen.

We also talk with you and your partner about your lifestyle, any medications you may take, your family health history, and other factors that may be interfering with your ability to conceive.

Treating unexplained infertility

If no cause is found for your infertility, we work with you to create a personalized treatment plan using assisted reproductive technology (ART) therapies. This may include one or more of the following:

Fertility drugs

Medication can sometimes bring about pregnancy in cases of unexplained infertility. Some medications that may deliver results include clomiphene citrate or other drugs that stimulate hormones and trigger ovulation.

Intrauterine insemination (IUI)**

IUI is a procedure in which a man’s sperm is treated and then placed directly into a woman’s vagina or uterus during the time in which she’s ovulating. IUI may be done alone or with fertility drugs.

In vitro fertilization (IVF)**

IVF is a process in which the woman’s eggs and the man’s sperm are combined in a laboratory. After fertilization occurs, the fertilized egg or eggs are implanted in the woman’s uterus.

**We do not perform these procedures in office, but can refer you to a specialist if needed.

Hope for couples with unexplained infertility

The good news is that, using these treatments, many couples with unexplained infertility can become parents, even if the cause of your infertility is never discovered.

To learn more about infertility testing and treatment, schedule a consultation with our knowledgeable, experienced providers at Albany Obstetrics & Gynecology in Albany, New York. Contact us by calling 518-516-6726.

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