Infertility can sometimes be explained by the presence of infection in the body. A disease particle called T-strain mycoplasma can hide in the body, causing infertility. However, these particles exist in such small numbers that they are undetectable through examination.
In order to become fertilized, sperm must be able to break through the outer shell of you egg. Sometimes, even healthy-looking sperm cannot break through the egg in order to create an embryo.
Emotions can play a large role in both female and male infertility. The entire reproductive process is controlled by one organ - the brain. Negative thinking or emotional distress can sometimes interfere with the brain's ability to control this process. In particular, depression has been linked in various studies, including one from Brown University and another from the University of California, San Diego, with decreasing a woman's ability to get pregnant.
While experts aren't exactly sure how or to what degree emotions play a role in infertility, an increasing number of infertility clinics are supplementing their treatments with courses that focus on changing the way you think. You might want to think about redecorating your home or office in order to create a more relaxing environment in which to focus on your thoughts and on your body.
Known as the mind/body connection, studies have found that women with infertility issues enrolled in special classes designed to improve thought patterns are more likely to conceive compared to women who do not take these classes. However, the influence of emotions is still debated as not all experts agree that emotions can induce infertility.
Treating Unexplained Infertility
If you receive a diagnosis of unexplained infertility, there is no reason to give up hope. There is still a good chance that you will get pregnant on your own, without any fertility treatments. In fact, your chances of getting pregnant within three years are over 30%.
Fertility treatments can be used to help increase your chances of getting pregnant, even if your reproductive endocrinologist has been unable to find the source of your infertility problems. Here are some treatments that you may wish to consider.
If your ovulation cycle is irregular, fertility drugs can help to trigger the development of more eggs. Tis will allow more than one egg to be released each month, increasing your chances of fertilization.
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
Intrauterine insemination is one type of assisted reproductive technology. IUI can increase the chances of sperm meeting with your egg. Sperm from your partner is placed in a catheter after careful preparation. This sperm is then released into your uterus in hopes that it will fertilize one of your eggs.
In-vitro Fertilization (IVF)
In-vitro fertilization is often helpful when there is a problem with the fallopian tubes or ovaries. Eggs are removed from your ovaries and fertilizied in a dish containing your partner's sperm. Once the eggs have developed into embryos, they are then implanted into your uterus. Alternatives to IVF are also available.