What exactly is unexplained infertility?

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What does unexplained infertility mean?

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These are my thoughts on the topic:

There is still so much we need to learn about reproduction, and it can be so frustrating when all the testing is “normal,” but you are still not having the family you are trying for.

Infertility testing is very basic— blood tests are a reflection of ovarian reserve (egg quality and quantity), anatomy checks can assess tubal status (open or blocked) and check for fibroids, semen analysis can give a little information; but there are so many factors that go into having a successful pregnancy — the right egg, the right sperm, the right uterine environment.

It can get overwhelming when you think about how many factors are involved in having a successful pregnancy — just remind yourself that it can happen.

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Lora Shahine, MD, FACOG is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist currently practicing at Pacific NW Fertility and IVF Specialists in Seattle. Dr. Shahine is an accomplished author of many blogs and articles as well as three books. Her first book, “Planting the Seeds of Pregnancy: An Integrative Approach to Fertility Care” she co-authored a guide to both Eastern and Western approaches to fertility care. Her second book, “Not Broken: An Approachable Guide to Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss” is an evidence-based review of the current evaluation and treatment for miscarriage. Most recently, she published “Not Broken Illustrated: A Gift for Those Who Have Suffered Pregnancy Loss.” She is dedicated to changing the conversation surrounding infertility and miscarriage from one of shame and guilt to one of support and empowerment. Full Bio