According to data from the Centers for Disease Control, for women of all ages attempting to get pregnant, 95 percent will conceive within four years. For the other 6 million women who do not get pregnant within a reasonable timeframe, they may never discover the reasons for their fertility issues.
Resolve, the National Infertility Association, states that nearly one in five couples dealing with fertility issues have unexplained infertility. Experts at Resolve describe unexplained infertility as “having no specific cause for infertility after performing a full infertility work-up.”
In cases of unexplained infertility, nearly 40 percent of OBGYNs and reproductive specialists turn immediately to in-vitro fertilization. Dr. Ron Thompson believes that a large percentage of those turning to IVF for unexplained infertility can actually find a simpler solution. Inefficient sperm capacitation because of inadequate natural conception lubrication may actually be the cause of unexplained infertility. Sperm capacitation is the process that allows the sperm to reach and penetrate the mature egg for conception.
Dr. Thompson’s theory rests on the fact that nearly 17 percent of patients with three or more failed IVFs spontaneously conceive within three to four years. About 17 percent of patients with a successful IVF spontaneously conceive within three to four years as well. These stats show that almost one in five women who attempted IVF, whether they were successful or not, conceived all on their own within three to four years.
What changes in those three or four years that attributes to the sudden ability to conceive? Dr. Thompson believes that in the years following IVF, more than likely these patients unknowingly and naturally solved their lubrication and sperm capacitation issues.