In 10-20% of couples no cause will be found, this is called Unexplained Infertility, which can be particularly frustrating for the individuals and the fertility specialist.
Sometimes a minor problem with both partners can impair fertility, even though the couple may have had no problems in other relationships. At times, there may be no scientific explanation for infertility.
In the majority of cases, the failure to reach a diagnosis is not due to inadequate investigations, but due to other factors which are impossible to assess using conventional methods.
In cases with unexplained infertility, assisted conception in the form of IVF is both diagnostic and therapeutic. For example, if the eggs are not released by performing egg collection or if the tubes are not picking up the eggs, they can be by-passed when IVF is performed. Finally, fertilisation itself can be diagnosed by the performance of IVF.
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If you want to learn more about unexplained infertility please contact us. If you have been trying to conceive for more than 12 months (or 6 months if you are over 35 years of age) without success, we recommend you book an appointment with a fertility specialist.