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Fertility Tests

Both male and female infertility are usually diagnosed by carrying out fertility tests. Your doctor will probably want to have a detailed medical history and may want to perform an examination before you undergo a fertility test. You may be asked details about:

  • Your age
  • Time trying to conceive
  • Frequency of intercourse
  • Whether you or your partner already has a baby from your current relationship or from a previous one
  • Your doctor may also ask you whether you have been experiencing problems during intercourse (such as psychosexual issues, impotence or penetration problems)
  • Regularity of menstrual cycles
  • Risk or history of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

All of these questions will help your doctor to decide which are the most appropriate infertility tests for you to undergo.

Female infertility testing

In the case of female infertility, fertility testing is carried out to check whether the woman is ovulating and to identify any abnormalities in her reproductive system or menstrual cycle. Tests may include:

  • Hormone blood tests
  • Ovarian reserve testing
  • Pelvic ultrasound scan
  • HSG – to assess fallopian tubes

Male infertility testing

For male infertility, a full semen analysis is conducted to assess whether the man is producing good quality sperm in adequate quantities.

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