Planning a pregnancy can be a really tough process for many. After months and even years of trying to conceive, you give up, and eventually go in for a professional opinion on why you may not be getting pregnant naturally. Then come a battery of tests, while in many cases you get answers, get appropriate treatments and you can conceive naturally thereafter. However, for some, the road to conception is set to be longer and more arduous, filled with more tests, treatments and a whole lot of trial and error, because the cause of infertility is not known.
Unexplained Infertility (UI) however should not fill you with despair. It is definitely not the end of the road. There are many things that are working in your favour and there may be a positive pregnancy in your near future. After the first round of tests have been performed, an UI diagnosis is reached. It means: - Your menstrual cycle is normal and you enjoy regular ovulation - Ovarian reserve testing suggests that your egg stores are normal for your age - Sperm count and motility for your partner is fine - Your fallopian tubes are not visibly blocked(hysterosalpingogram) - Your uterus looks absolutely fine (hysteroscopy)
There are no obvious problems, so what do you do? You get in touch with a specialist. One who has the experience of dealing with UI so you can dig further. If you haven’t received answers to the questions above, it means that your UI testing is still not complete. Your specialist will ensure that all the tests are complete, and in case there is an issue an appropriate treatment will be prescribed. However, if it is determined indeed that you seem fine, but are not getting pregnant naturally, the journey begins.
In many cases a specialist will urge your partner to get his semen tested again with a lab that specializes in evaluating sperm in more detail. It is common for a general lab to overlook issues that may be causing infertility and simple techniques like sperm washing, an IUI and even the use of a donor sperm could ease your troubles without the need for any more testing or invasive treatments.
You may have goo egg reserves, but what about quality. Ideally genetic testing should be included at the preconception stage as it is essential to conceiving and development of the baby as well. If any genetic or chromosomal abnormalities are found, other options can be evaluated. The specialist may suggest selected embryo transfer and IVF, depending on what your preimplantation genetic testing results are.
Ideally this should be a part of initial fertility testing, to take a closer look at the reproductive organs and rule out the presence of endometriosis. Severe and even a mild condition could be causing Infertility. There may be a number of underlying health conditions as well that could be causing trouble. Diabetes, Thyroid and Rheumatoid Arthritis to name a few. At MMC IVF, we will work closely with you, study all your sign, symptoms and your medical history thoroughly to understand well what may be causing your infertility and what we can do to make things right. Choosing the right Fertility Centre is key to making your dreams of becoming a parent come true. Call us to make an appointment and let’s figure out your fertility issues together.