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Unexplained Infertility

"What is unexplained today may not be unexplained tomorrow.”

A diagnosis of unexplained infertility, where there is no medical cause for infertility, may seem frustrating, but it is usually good news. Most couples with unexplained infertility have a much higher chance of successfully achieving pregnancy with assisted conception than couples with other, often complex, infertility conditions.

Unexplained infertility affects about a third of Associate Professor Hughes’ patients, and he has made this an area of special interest within his practice.

How do you treat unexplained infertility?

To deal with unexplained infertility, we may start by running a test to see if there are hostile sperm anti-bodies in the cervical mucus. If this is this case, we can overcome this using Intra-Uterine Insemination (IUI). This is a simpler and more affordable treatment option and can help couples where the female partner is aged under 36 and there is no identified medical cause for infertility.

IUI involves inserting the male partner’s prepared semen through the cervix and into the uterus using a fine needle. This procedure is usually carried out in Associate Professor Hughes’ clinic and is typically not painful, although it may cause some mild cramping or discomfort.

IVF treatment may offer the best chance of pregnancy success for women who are over 36 years of age and want to start a family as soon as possible. It is also recommended if you have not fallen pregnant after three cycles of IUI.