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When to Take a Fertility Test and the Types of Tests Available

Written by The Fertility Center on . Posted in Blog, Infertility Issues

When to Take a Fertility Test and the Types of Tests AvailableInfertility is the inability for a couple to conceive a child, or the inability to carry a child through full-term pregnancy. Some people, however, do not know when to take a fertility test. Couples nationwide have issues with infertility, and while some couples are ready to start the processes of in vitro fertilization or fertility treatments, others do not even know that their bodies need this special treatment. It is always important to know exactly what you are dealing with when it comes to conception, like your family’s health history, but how do you know when it’s the right time to get tested for infertility?

A majority of women between the ages of 18 and 30 will have no issues with fertility, but studies show that infertility affects about 15% of couples in the United States. Starting around age 30, fertility in women decreases and does so rapidly as the years pass.

The best way to know if you are infertile is to listen to your body and your partner’s bodies. If you have been regularly having sex and trying to conceive a child with no success for six to 12 months, it may be time to visit a reproductive endocrinologist and take a fertility test.

Fertility Test for Women

Fertility tests for women examine the uterus, tubes, and ovaries. The test to determine if the tubes are open is called a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) and is an X-ray to determine if dye is able to travel through both tubes, showing that they are open and appear normal. The uterus is examined by vaginal ultrasound while placing a small amount of saline in the uterus to ensure there are no problems in the uterine cavity.

Next, your ovarian reserve (supply of eggs) may be tested. Ovulation happens each month when a woman’s egg is released for possible fertilization by the sperm. In order to test that this process is happening as it should, women can take an at-home urine test, which can detect the levels of hormones that appear right before ovulation. Doctors may also check for hormone levels in the blood before ovulation (to check egg supply) and after (to ensure an egg was actually released). They will also do an ultrasound to obtain an egg count. Doctors will also check blood work to ensure you are in good health prior to preceding with the remainder of treatment.

Fertility Test for Men

Many people may think that infertility is mainly caused by issues in the woman’s body, but in a lot of cases, the infertility of the man is either the sole cause or a factor contributing to their conception problems. This is why men should also be checked for any issues with his reproductive organs if he and his partner are having trouble conceiving.

Fertility tests for men start with an exam by a doctor, which can include a physical exam and a review of health and sexual history. Then, he will receive a semen and sperm analysis, which checks for the size, shape, movement and amount of sperm in his system.

Visit Us for More Information

At the Fertility Center in Las Vegas, our talented and compassionate staff are here to guide you and your family through the fertility process. We will start the process with a test for you and your partner, which can lead to fertility treatments or in vitro fertilization. Visit our website, fertilitycenterlv.com or call us at ( 702) 254- 1777 for more information and to set up an appointment.

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