Treating Unexplained Infertility
Couples with unexplained infertility may have problems with egg quality, tubal function, or sperm function that are difficult to diagnose and/or treat. In the absence of a correctable abnormality, unexplained infertility treatment is, by default, based on observation. There is a need to help physicians evaluate evidence-based therapies and understand when to use each of the available approaches.
Proposed treatment regimens include intrauterine insemination (IUI), ovulation induction with oral or injectable medications, combination of IUI with ovulation induction, and assisted reproductive technologies (ART). Fertility drugs and IUI have been used in couples with unexplained infertility with some success. In most cases, patients should be encouraged to try the easiest and most inexpensive treatment of IUI, possibly with ovulation induction, as a first-line therapy. If no pregnancy occurs within three to six treatment cycles, IVF may then be recommended.
At Brown Fertility, our goal is for patients to become pregnant as quickly and affordably as possible. Unlike other centers, we encourage patients with unknown infertility to try simple and affordable treatments before moving on to more expensive assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF).
If you have questions about unexplained infertility treatment, please call our office at 904-260-0352 or contact us. *Information from ASRM.com