Fertility testing is normally recommended for couples who have tried for 12 consecutive months to conceive and have been unsuccessful. With today's technology and science, most infertility issues in men and women can be pinpointed and corrected pretty easily. There are many reasons why couples have trouble conceiving, including low sperm counts, low hormone issues, endometriosis, POC, blocked tubes and other disorders that can be diagnosed after fertility testing and corrected with treatment. In this article, we will be discussing different forms of fertility testing that doctors use to help diagnoseose infertility disorders.
Most fertility specialist began their testing with a series of blood work. The (5) most commonly used are the baseline, estradiol, progesterone, luteinizing and the follicle- stimulating blood tests.
1.) Baseline blood test: It is typically conducted on day two or three after your menstrual cycle begins.
2.) Estradiol blood test: This test will tell your doctor two things. First, it will measure a woman's level to see if she is ovulating and secondly, if she has any ovarian cysts.
3.) Progesterone blood test: This will measure a woman's level of progesterone to see if it is high enough to indicate ovulation and allow an embryo to implant in the uterus correctly.
4.) Luteinizing blood test: This test is usually ordered for both men and women to check for any pituitary disorders in the ovaries and testes.
5.) Follicle-stimulating hormone test: This test is performed on women to see if their ovaries are functioning correctly.
Once a couple has undergone a series of blood tests, the doctor will probably recommend one or more tests to check for blockages in the female reproductive system, check for small polyps or fibroids in the uterus, look for any abnormalities in the ovaries and fallopian tubes as well as evaluate the woman's cervical mucus. A semen analysis will probably also be ordered to check the man's sperm count and motility. For more information on fertility testing, please visit our site below.