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Female fertility testing

A woman’s fertility is far more nuanced than you might think, so there is no one-size-fits-all approach. We work hard to understand the reasons for your fertility issues before tailoring advice specific to your individual situation.

Fertility tests

After an initial evaluation, there are a number of tests that our fertility specialists may recommend, including:

 

Blood tests

  • AMH (anti-Mullerian hormone): This test assesses your reproductive potential by giving an indication of the number of eggs remaining in your ovaries.
  • Female hormonal assessment (LH, FSH, oestrogen, progesterone): These hormones fluctuate over the normal course of a woman’s cycle. Measuring these hormones at specific times of your cycle, including 7 days prior to your period starting and 2 days after your period starting, can help us to determine whether you are ovulating (releasing an egg from your ovaries) and if you have good ovarian function.

Imaging studies

  • Pelvic ultrasound: An imaging study of your reproductive tract (uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries) can help us ascertain whether you have any structural abnormalities that may be preventing a successful pregnancy. We may also use this scan to estimate the amount of eggs remaining in your ovaries, and to determine if and when you’re ovulating.
  • Pelvic ultrasound with a dye (hysterosalpingo-contrast sonography): By injecting a dye into your reproductive tract and taking an ultrasound at the same time, we can get a detailed view of your uterus and fallopian tubes. Using this technique can help us determine whether your fallopian tubes are obstructed – which can impede the passage of sperm and the journey of an egg.

Surgical procedures

  • Hysteroscopy: During a hysteroscopy, a camera is inserted into your uterus via the vagina. This occurs under sedation and provides a view of the inside of your uterus, allowing us to determine whether there are any abnormalities present. If we do see any abnormalities, it is usually possible for us to treat these at the same time.
  • Laparoscopy: A laparoscopy enables us to examine the inside of your lower abdominal cavity by inserting a camera through some small incisions we make in your tummy. This allows us to assess your uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries. Again, if we do spot any abnormalities, it may be possible for us to treat these at the same time. This procedure occurs under a general anaesthetic, and may be performed at the same time as a hysteroscopy.

If it has not already been done, we will also conduct routine pre-pregnancy testing. This involves blood tests to screen for certain infections that may harm your baby.

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