When a couple cannot conceive after engaging in regular unprotected intercourse for a specific period, they are diagnosed with infertility. If this is your case, seeking the aid of a fertility specialist for proper evaluation may be necessary.
When is A Fertility Assessment Needed?
A thorough evaluation of your fertility can be carried out at any point, and it is never too soon to learn about your ability to reproduce. Nevertheless, we suggest undergoing an assessment when:
You are contemplating the idea of freezing your eggs for future purposes.
You are younger than 35, and it has been 12 months or more trying to get pregnant.
You are 35-40 years old, and it has been six months or more trying to get pregnant.
You are considering starting a family and you are 40+ years old.
Symptoms of Infertility can Include:
No periods/irregular periods
Painful periods/heavy periods
Suffering from pain during sex/endometriosis
Other medical conditions may cause similar symptoms. If you encounter any of the previously mentioned signs, it is beneficial to seek professional advice from a healthcare professional.
How Does Our Fertility Assessment Go?
1. Starting With…
The first step in assessing female fertility comprehensively involves thoroughly examining the patient.
2. Ovulation Testing
We will request a series of blood examinations and ultrasounds to evaluate your hormone levels during distinct phases of your menstrual cycle. Such analyses will enable us to determine the occurrence and timing of ovulation while identifying any irregularities in hormonal activity.
3. Ovarian Reserve
We will additionally conduct examinations to assess the quantity of eggs in your ovaries, commonly referred to as ovarian reserve. These evaluations involve testing for various hormones, including anti-mullerian hormone (AMH), estrogen and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), that can provide valuable information.
Fertility Testing May Include
As part of the fertility evaluation, we will use transvaginal ultrasounds to look for any abnormalities within your uterus and ovaries, such as ovarian cysts or fibroids. Additionally, the use of ultrasound during cycle monitoring aids us in determining changes in the uterine lining throughout each phase of your menstrual cycle.
Saline Ultrasound (Uterine Cavity Check)
This ultrasound allows us to look closely at the inside of the uterus to see if there are any endometrial polyps, fibroids, scar tissue or any other abnormalities within the uterine cavity. We can also use this to assess the fallopian tubes.
This X-ray technique is used to visualize the interior of both the fallopian tubes and the uterus. Using this procedure, we can identify any obstructions that may have developed in your fallopian tubes and assess any abnormalities present, such as the irregular size or shape of your uterus.
Through the insertion of an endoscope into the cervix, we can examine the interior of the uterus. This procedure enables us to look directly at any abnormalities that may be present.
We can use this method to determine if there is a genetic problem that is playing a role in causing infertility. Additionally, examining the genes of both partners attempting pregnancy may uncover any mutations which might be transmitted to the baby.