Causes of Infertility Part 7 of 8

18 April 2013

Unexplained fertility:

This catch-all term is used when after a full-series of tests and assessment there isn’t a cause for infertility has not been diagnosed. Use of the term varies between IVF clinics. The National Average for Unexplained Infertility is reported as being around 25%. At Coastal IVF our unexplained infertility rates are <5% due to thorough pre-treatment assessment and investigation, which allows appropriate assisted reproduction treatment selection.

Possible symptoms - None.

Possible solutions - Beyond timed intercourse, there is no specific treatment that does not require medical intervention. Some couples try fertility drugs and timed intercourse. Assisted conception or procedures such as In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) are the most effective course of treatment.

Success rates - How long the couple has been infertile is important. Couples with unexplained infertility who have been trying for less than five years have about a 15-30 per cent chance of becoming pregnant in a given year. After five years, fewer than 10 per cent become pregnant without treatment. At Coastal IVF pregnancy rates are 50% per embryo transfer cycle.