Lots of women come to me with the diagnosis of unexplained infertility and it’s a pleasure to be able to help them through this time with lots of advice and reflexology and massage treatments. I’m passionate about giving people the right lifestyle information and advice about charting their menstrual cycles so that they can be sure they’ve tried everything they can before they go down the assisted conception route.
Lots of Doctors take people down the fertility drugs and IVF routes too quickly in my opinion so it was fantastic to hear the amazing Lord Robert Winston talk about unexplained infertility at the Fertility Show this month. His view is – Infertility is a symptom that something is wrong. “Unexplained Infertility is a failure of a diagnosis”. More investigation is needed rather than jumping to IVF.
If you’ve received the unexplained infertility diagnosis make sure your doctor has tried all there is to find out what is the underlying cause. If you’ve been trying for a while there may well be a reason and because of this IVF isn’t necessarily the cure for you.
Has your Doctor offered you the following checks:
1) Scans/ Xrays – to check the blood flow and lining to the uterus and other reproductive organs. This will identify any fibroids, adhesions or a septum all of which are a cause for a misshapen uterus. You can’t get pregnant easily with low blood flow or a misshapen uterus but treatment/ surgery can correct these problems and then a pregnancy can happen naturally. If any of these problems are identified IVF is not the answer as they will stop an embryo embedding.
2) Laparoscopy – to check for endometriosis, ovarian cysts, fibroids, blocks in fallopian tubes and pelvic inflammatory disease. Any adhesions can then be removed through the small incisions in the abdomen that allow for this surgery to be performed. You should ask for photos including the ovary so that you can be talked through whether everything is functioning normally.
3) Hysteroscopy – checks for fibroids, polyps and other adhesions inside the womb. A camera enters through the vagina and cervix while you are under a local or general anaesthetic and the adhesions can be removed if found.
4) Tubal flushing – Often while you are undergoing surgery above, fluid is passed through the fallopian tubes to ensure they are clear.
I hope this blog helps you ask the right questions of your Doctor. Many women have gone on to have happy, healthy, natural pregnancies once these checks have been completed.
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