Deciding to start and plan for a family can be an exciting time. However, we understand that things don’t always go as planned. This can provide great frustration and sadness to the individual, as well as the couple.
You should know that you’re not alone in your infertility journey. 1 in 8 couples (or 12% of women) have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy.
Patients often ask us why infertility happens and the root cause. Often, we can assess certain causes like tubal factors, uterine disorders or male factor infertility. However, approximately 20% of couples fall into the unexplained fertility category because a basic evaluation has failed to pinpoint an exact cause. First, it’s important to note that infertility is defined as a couple that has been trying for less than 6 months (if over 35) or more than 1 year (if under 35).
Second, age is the most important factor in fertility. Around age 30, a woman’s chances of getting pregnant each month is about 20%. After age 35, the fertility decline starts to speed up. By the age of 40, a woman has about a 5% chance of conceiving each month. Age is not the only predictor, but it is by far the most important.
If you have gone through various tests with your reproductive endocrinologist, and a specific diagnosis is not reached, do not lose hope. Today IVF techniques, technology and outcomes are better than ever. Buffalo IVF has seen a variety of cases and after consultations, testing and possibly medications – we have been able to provide healthy babies to our patients.
“We see many patients that are diagnosed with unexplained fertility, but move forward to have healthy and successful pregnancies through the beautiful IUI or IVF technology we have today”
- Colby Damon, NP
It’s important to consult with your provider to ensure they are up to date on your specific case so the best next steps can be decided together. Buffalo IVF is here to support you every step of the way until your desired outcome has been reached.