Out of all of the couples being diagnosed with infertility, a percentage are labeled “unexplained.” Because infertility is actually a symptom of an underlying condition, “unexplained infertility” is not really a diagnosis, but an acknowledgement that something is wrong, but the problem has not been found. Often the evaluation and exploration into the couple’s reproductive health is cut short. The couple may be fast tracked to IUI or IVF.
There are many concerns with this, including:
- Success rates of IUI and IVF vary based on the cause on infertility; if the cause is unknown the couple doesn’t have a good idea of how likely it is to result in a healthy baby
- There is an underlying issue that is likely hindering overall health, in addition to reproductive health
- There are numerous complications that increase with an IVF pregnancy - low birth weight, pre-term birth, pre-eclampsia, among many others.
Wouldn’t it be best to find the problems and fix them? Not only would the chances of natural conception increase, but the odds of having a pregnancy free of complications and a healthy baby also increase. The couples is also more likely to be able to conceive naturally again in the future due to restored reproductive health.
Couples want answers. While there is never a guarantee of conception or of being able to carry a child to term, a study found that with the Creighton Model and NaPro, 99% of couples labeled "unexplained" were provided with an explanation within 2 years