The journey to parenthood for many couples and individuals can be emotionally, mentally and financially exhausting. If faced with difficulties conceiving and no concrete answers as to why, it can become increasingly more frustrating and stressful trying to find a solution to start or grow the family you have been dreaming of. Unfortunately, this is the reality for as much as 30% of couples that seek fertility care for unexplained infertility. Unexplained infertility is a controversial diagnosis that attempts to deduce the source of the problem through a process of elimination, but what exactly does it mean?
What Is Unexplained Infertility?
Being diagnosed with unexplained infertility can be vexing because it essentially means that there are no discernible reasons why you should not be able to conceive. There is no exact cause for infertility, and yet there are still complications conceiving on your own. Put simply, it is the diagnosis given when a fertility specialist knows there is a problem, but the cause of that problem is unknown or cannot be determined after a series of tests that reveal normalcy in the reproductive system.
What Can Cause Unexplained Infertility?
Although the reproductive system may appear normal, there are a number of factors that may contribute to difficulties achieving a pregnancy. Research is still being performed to gain greater insight to unexplained infertility in attempts to unearth more concrete answers and solutions, but current knowledge shines light on the following conditions as potential causes of the condition:
The reproductive system has something in common with the immune system – when there is a danger, the body reacts to protect itself. In cases of autoimmune disorder, the body can misinterpret its own tissues as a threat and attack itself. So, in women with an autoimmune disorder such as celiac disease, the body may mistake an embryo as a threat and protect itself against it, resulting in a miscarriage.
With chronic stress, your body is put under a lot of pressure to overcome challenges and can become overwhelmed, this may trigger inflammation and interfere with hormone production. The result can be inability to conceive. Because difficulties conceiving can add to stress, it often turns into a circle of events that can be difficult to overcome without proper guidance and support. The fertility specialists at LA IVF are trained and experienced with infertility struggles and can help you address your stress to break the circle of stress and get on track towards a healthy pregnancy.
There are a number of toxins in our environment that have been linked to fertility struggles, such as BPA, parabens and mercury. These toxins are found in a number of everyday products, including shampoos, conditioners, soaps and even plastic bottles, but they can result in inflammation, suppressed immune systems and infertility concerns.
How Is Unexplained Infertility Treated?
If you have been diagnosed with unexplained infertility, there are still ways for you to get pregnant. Modern fertility treatments are becoming increasingly effective and can help you achieve your dream of parenthood. Popular, affordable options include intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in-vitro fertilization (IVF), two therapeutic interventions that have helped thousands and people throughout the world grow their families with healthy babies.
How Can You Get Help?
To get help for unexplained infertility or discuss the options that are available to overcome the condition, talk to the specialists at LA IVF. Our team is trained, knowledgeable and experienced and is here to discuss your specific circumstances and help you determine the best solution as we join you on your journey to parenthood.