What is unexplained infertility?
Well, it’s a right mouthful when people ask that’s for sure!
It’s also extremely annoying, as it basically means no-one knows why you can’t get pregnant.
The technical answer is that after thorough ‘medical’ investigations, doctors can find no specific or identifiable medical problem as the root cause for the infertility.
In the West we like to put things into small boxes that we can conveniently label, we especially like a label if there is something wrong with us or if something doesn’t work. This is because if it has a name then surely we can fix it. If we can’t give it a name, we can’t identify it and we can’t fix it…..right?
Many a woman will have lost some tears over this diagnosis. ‘Why me? What’s wrong with me? Why can’t they just find out what’s wrong with me and fix me?’ Sound familiar?
Most women however, do not see this in the way they should, and that is something to be celebrated, there is in fact nothing wrong with you – well not in the conventional western medical sense. This means that all you need to do is tweak your lifestyle, because fundamentally there are no alarm bells ringing about the quality of your ovaries, fallopian tubes or anything else that may seriously affect you getting pregnant.
OK, so this is great news, now what?
You should start viewing fertility as a long term goal and start to take ‘baby steps’ to getting your desired baby every day. This way you are ensuring that not only are you in better health to get pregnant but that your mind, body and soul are prepared not only to ‘get’ pregnant but also to stay pregnant, i.e. avoiding miscarriages and pregnancy complications. It’s not enough just to have a quick fix to get pregnant, being pregnant is one of the most demanding things you will ever put your body through, and so you can see why IVF and a concoction of drugs may not be the best start for either you or your unborn child.
These days the majority of us spend most of our time from 16 years old to 30 years old smoking, drinking alcohol, eating fast foods, getting stressed with work and not getting enough sleep’. Then when we reach the age that we now want a baby we just expect our bodies to jump to attention and produce a baby, because we have decided it’s the right time.
Suppose you had a spare bedroom that you never used. Every day you splattered coffee and alcohol over the walls, threw junk food cartons in there, stubbed cigarettes out on the carpet and kept the curtains shut. It didn’t matter because no-one ever went in there, so it didn’t matter what state it was in because the rest of the house looked tidy. One day you need to use the room for a guest coming, and they’re coming tomorrow! Chances are you cannot sort that room out in one day, so your guest can’t stay. This upsets you, but you continue to do the same things everyday and throw more stuff at the walls and on the carpets. You really want to have guests stay and so you get more and more upset but you still don’t go in the room or do anything about it.
You have several options:
1) Do nothing, in which case you will never have any guests stay.
2) Stop throwing junk in there, full stop (the equivalent of stopping drinking alcohol, eating fast food, coffee etc)
3) Open the curtain (equivalent to stopping burying your head in the sand and acknowledgement that you can do something proactive)
4) Start to tidy the room up and analyse what needs to be done to put it right (the equivalent to meditation, quiet contemplation, listening to your body and its intuition)
5) Slowly start to tidy the room up on your own (equivalent of exercising, taking action and responsibility for your body and de-stressing)
6) Get a decorator in or friends to help you paint the walls and change the carpet (equivalent to acknowledging you can get help from others, be it friends or professionals)
7) all of points 2-6 to give yourself the very best chance in having a beautiful room again in time (equivalent to having beautiful insides and feeling better, sleeping better, being more full of life and more fertile)
As you can see below, the majority of infertility cases fall under the category of ‘unexplained’infertility.
We take a car in for a service once a year to check that all is working OK on the inside, but yet we do not do the same with our bodies and we use these much more than our cars. We do not look on the outside of a car and say it is in perfect working order simply because it looks OK and has not broken down or is making strange noises.
This is a bit like the comparison between Western medicine and a holistic approach or Eastern medicine perspective. Instead surely it is better to look for a root cause to this infertility, look deeper, look within both our bodies and minds.
|Ovulatory Failure (including Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)||20%|
Therefore, if there is physically nothing wrong, should we automatically look to fix what is not broken? IVF is an extreme drain on the body and can make many women extremely ill. Therefore, if there is no obvious problem should we not just look to tune up our body and minds?
This is where a natural approach to infertility can come into play. If a couple fails to become pregnant, there is obviously something causing the problem. It's no good labelling infertility 'unexplained'.
Because of the inability for western medicine to provide adequate answers, more and more people are looking to more natural and holistic approaches to tackle their infertility.
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