It can be very confusing for patients to be told by their IVF specialist that they have ‘unexplained infertility’. They find it hard to believe that infertility can still be unexplained in spite of all the medical and technological advances that exist today. Some may even start to doubt their specialist and think that perhaps he or she is not competent enough to diagnose their problem. They may even begin to think that if he or she cannot identify the nature and causes of their infertility, how would they be able to solve the problem anyway?.
The truth is however that despite cutting-edge medical technology, there are some things which still cannot be accurately determined or diagnosed. But the good news is that despite not knowing the exact nature and causes of infertility, it can still be overcome. In other words, unexplained infertility can be treated and couples can become parents. Sometimes, specialists may not know the full reasons behind a problem but are still able to offer a solution and this is certainly true of unexplained infertility.
In these situations it is essential for the IVF specialist to take the time to clearly explain the dynamics of unexplained infertility to their patients so that there is no room for misunderstanding or miscommunication between them. Only after conducting all the relevant investigations should they then tell the patients that they find the infertility to be unexplained and once this stage is reached it should not be necessary to conduct more and more investigations in order to try and find a definitive diagnosis.
IVF treatment is the most effective treatment for unexplained infertility and is usually the recommended course of action for these cases.