Unexplained infertility is the one diagnosis that most women dread.
It means that you’ve gotten every diagnostic test under the sun such as bloodwork, ultrasound and all the hormones are within range, tubes are clear, and uterus looks “beautiful.” Also sperm count from the hubby end is high, motility and morphology are good.
But you almost wish that there was something “wrong” because at least then there is an answer why you’re not able to get pregnant.
You want to pull your hair out – why is it happening to me.
At this point, your doctors will probably recommend medical interventions such as ovulation-induction medication, IUI or IVF. Intra-uterine Insemination (IUI) and IVF take the guesswork out because everything is timed from ovulation to the exactly moment of fertilization. These are good options if you’ve been trying for at least two years, and you’re simply so exhausted.
But there is hope for those of you who are not ready for the medicated route!
In unexplained cases, Chinese medicine really shines. It’s a medical system that treats the whole body instead of zoning in on one area. We take the entire health of the person into consideration instead of looking at one area of the body.
Let’s start with a mindset shift exercise.
Instead of focusing on the word “unexplained,” how about we change it to “undiscovered,” and then change the word “infertility” to “imbalance.”
What you end up with is undiscovered imbalance. This new word means that there is an imbalance between your energetics somewhere in your body that’s preventing you from pregnancy.
Does that feel different? So here is the good news.
Imbalances CAN be resolved. As long as we figure out where the energy is stuck, and we can fix it so that you can get pregnant.
So how do you know where your energy is stuck? Well, if you’re a patient, then you know that we can discover your underlying patterns through a lengthy health history consultation.
But if you’re not yet a patient, don’t worry. We’ve compiled a list for you of where you can go to look for clues and answers when you have been diagnosed with unexplained infertility.
The first place to look for clues is your actual period.
Just having a regular cycle doesn’t mean a fertile cycle. Western medicine really doesn’t emphasize menstrual cycle health except the length of the cycle. Most doctors don’t even consider spotting in between cycles problematic when in Chinese medicine, spotting is a huge indication of lining instability.
So if your menstrual cycle is already fairly regular (27-35 days), then here are additional 5 questions to ask to assess your cycle. If you answer “NO” to any of these questions, then your cycle isn’t where it needs to be:
- Is flow of your actual period at least 4 days?
- Do you have to change tampon or pad every 4-6 hours during your actual period when you’re bleeding?
- Is the color of the period blood red like blood from a freshly cut wound?
- Is period flow free of clots?
- Is the period free of cramps that require pain medication?
So as you can see, diving into your period can really reveal many clues as to where your energy is blocked.
The second place to look is your diet.
There are so many diet considerations and this is truly one aspect of your health that needs customization. There is no “one size-fits-all” for everyone. That’s why you shouldn’t follow fertility diets on the Internet blindly. You can actually cause more imbalances to your hormones.
At Inner Peace, we follow the Practically Fertile™ Nutrition Plan as the basic framework, then we customize it even further to get even more targeted according to your Chinese medicine pattern.
However, there are few things you can do right now that can help to boost your fertility immediately regardless of your situation:
- Ditch the salads and smoothies
- Bump up your veggies ( at least 6 cups per day)
- Eliminate dairy
We’ve written a lot about why you should cook everything and also why dairy is not fertility friendly. You can refer back to some of the older blogs for a refresher.
The third place to look is your cervical mucus.
Cervical mucus is one of the most under utilized tools to determine fertility potential.
Cervical mucus that is fertility-friendly should be clear, egg-white or watery in consistency.
If you don’t notice a lot of cervical mucus or if there is always a dry sensation around the vulva around ovulation time, that means your Yin energy is most likely affected.
The Yin energy has to do with fluids and lubrication. It’s very similar to the hormone estrogen from a Western medicine perspective. If you don’t have enough Yin in the body, you’ll notice dryness across the board and eventually the egg quality. So Yin energy deficiency almost always means estrogen imbalance.
In our clinic, tracking the cervical mucus is a huge part of any treatment plan because we care about the Yin energy and the egg quality. We know that if your Yin energy is more balanced, you’re going to be more fertile.
So, what do you think? Hopefully it got the wheels turning in your head right now and perhaps you’ve found some answers.
At times it may seem that you have no other options and IVF is the only way to get pregnant. But as frustrating as an unexplained infertility diagnosis is, there is an answer somewhere.
So if you’re not ready to jump into the medical route, we would love to help you.
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