Get the Answers You Need About Your Fertility
The diagnostic testing for infertility provides information that your physician will need in order to provide you with a thorough evaluation and diagnosis which will help determine the necessary treatment. If you want to maximize the chances of you and your partner successfully conceiving and delivering a baby, comprehensive fertility tests for both male and female partners are important. Anyone under the age of 35 who is unable to get pregnant or stay pregnant after a year of trying should consider speaking with a fertility specialist about an infertility test. It is time to consider reaching out for an initial consultation if you are a woman over the age of 35 and have been trying to conceive for over a six month period.
Your OBGYN, urologist, or other fertility specialist can perform an infertility work-up, but at RMA of Southern California, we can usually complete a full work-up in 30 days or less. For women, we’ll analyze various hormone levels such as estrogen, anti-mullerian hormone (AMH), and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) to determine egg quantity as well as viability. We perform semen analysis for our male patients to determine sperm mobility, shape, and production.
Infertility testing for women may include any of the following:
- Transvaginal ultrasound scanning which can determine the quantity of your follicles and identify any uterine growths or other physical issues with the uterus. This procedure involves a wand inserted into the vagina that is gently rotated around the lower abdomen. Patients typically experience very mild discomfort and pressure during this procedure.
- Hormone checks. Estrogen, AMH, and FSH all play important roles in uterine health. We’ll collect a standard blood sample to check your hormone levels to determine your ovarian reserve (the number of eggs you have left), and how to approach or measure the progress of your treatment.
- Hysterosalpingogram (HSGs), a special x-ray procedure that requires dye inserted vaginally into the uterine cavity. This dye will reveal blockages in the reproductive anatomy that may be impeding fertility. Patients sometimes experience mild cramps or discomfort when the dye is inserted.
Infertility tests for men include:
- Semen analysis: which measures your sperm count, white blood cell count, and the volume, consistency, and pH of your semen. These various factors all determine how well your sperm can travel to and fertilize eggs. Some issues with low or no sperm count are fixable with surgical procedures. Abnormally shaped sperm and sperm that do not swim well often have difficulty fertilizing eggs.
- Full medical examination. Many factors can influence male infertility, such as lifestyle choices, medications, genetics, stress, and activity. We’ll go over all of these with you to determine if any lifestyle factors may be impeding your fertility.