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Unexplained infertility

Being given the diagnosis of unexplained infertility can be confusing and frustrating. It can be hard not to know the exact cause of why you haven’t fallen pregnant yet. Here we talk about how it is diagnosed and what options you have following a diagnosis. 


What is unexplained infertility?

Unexplained infertility is when no cause of infertility can be identified. It affects roughly 1 in 4 couples. An unexplained infertility diagnosis is only given once fertility investigations are completed and show that ovulation is happening, the fallopian tubes are open and the semen analysis is normal. 


What causes unexplained infertility?

When a diagnosis of unexplained infertility is given, it is because no cause of infertility has been found with standard fertility investigations. However, researchers are continuously studying how our bodies work and what other underlying conditions may contribute to infertility. This may include thyroid issues, diabetes, reduced egg quality or DNA damage in sperm. 


Unexplained infertility and trying to conceive

The Béa Treatment can be a good option if you have unexplained infertility. The Béa Applicator places our custom cervical cap against the cervix, holding semen in place for up to one hour. It increases the exposure to the cervical mucus, minimises the contact of semen in the vagina (where the pH can reduce sperm quality) and reduces semen backflow. 


Visiting your doctor about unexplained infertility

Your GP may initially suggest trying to conceive with intercourse for a little longer as many couples with unexplained infertility conceive within the second year of trying. Your GP can help you optimise your health if there are any lifestyle changes you could be making to improve your chances of getting pregnant. They may refer you for further investigations or to a specialist for treatment. Some treatment options they might recommend include hormonal therapies, intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilisation (IVF).


If you’re not sure what to discuss with your GP – read our article How to speak with your doctor about fertility for support.