Although Amir and Soraya had been married for four years and had been trying to have a baby for more than a year, Soraya was unable to become pregnant. General Tahiri and his wife were becoming anxious as well, so Amir and Soraya decided to see a doctor. Amir was checked first, since, according to Dr. Rosen,
"A man's plumbing is like his mind: simple, very few surprises."
Amir "passed with flying colors." Soraya underwent numerous tests, but the doctor also proclaimed that her "plumbing's clear." He could not explain Soraya's inability to become pregnant, declaring her problem "Unexplained Infertility." She underwent drug treatment and in vitro fertilization, but they were "ultimately unsuccessul." When Doctor Rosen finally suggested that the couple consider adoption,
Soraya cried all the way home.