What tests will be prescribed?
There are many fertility tests to help conception. This is why it’s important you’re completely honest in your interview so that your doctor can schedule the correct fertility tests for you and your partner.
Here is a complete list. Note that you may not need to do all these tests.
This test uses a vaginal probe that transmits sound waves to examine the woman’s ovaries and uterus. The lubricated probe is gently inserted inside the vagina. Images are formed from the waves emitted. The ovaries, uterus, fallopian tubes, and vagina are seen. The doctor can now see if there is any problem in the woman’s reproductive anatomy like myoma, cysts, or any thickening of the uterine lining.
Cervical Mucus Test or Post-Coital Test
For this test, a woman will have to have sexual intercourse in her mid-cycle to evaluate the quality and quantity of her cervical mucus. This also documents the presence of live, motile sperm in the mucus.
For women, this test will check her blood and urine for adequate levels of hormones that are necessary for ovulation and egg implantation. For men, this blood test will find out if he has hormone problems that may prevent a pregnancy.
In this test, a special dye is injected through the cervix to determine if the fallopian tubes are blocked or if there are abnormalities in the reproductive tract.
This test will check if the woman can sustain a pregnancy, performed after Day 21 of the cycle. Here, the tissue from the inner lining of the uterus or the endometrium is collected and sent for biopsy. The result will show the status or development of the endometrium.
This test uses a fiber-optic telescope to examine the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes to check for:
This is a surgical procedure done under anesthesia.
This fertility test involves a man collecting a sample of his ejaculate. The sample is then analyzed to determine whether the quality of sperm is normal and if there is enough sperm present to cause pregnancy. The test also checks for infection.
It can take over several months for your doctor to determine the cause of your fertility problems, so be patient and don’t get discouraged. Fertility tests to help conception can be anxiety-inducing and expensive, but they are done to help your doctor arrive at the proper treatment for you and your partner.
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