If signs of infertility are shown, it is a good idea to speak to one of our fertility experts, who will organise professional testing and help you discover more about the problem.
Infertility is diagnosed in different ways depending on gender, and will usually require different examinations and monitoring to help you figure out the cause.
With women, the initial examination will consist of ovulation monitoring, followed by an ultrasound of the uterus which will be able to pick up on any abnormalities or potential issues.
As well as this, hormone testing will take place to check if there are any issues in this area.
Once we have these results, we will be able to see if any further testing is necessary to help understand the issue. This testing can include:
- Testing of the ovarian reserve
- A hysteroscopy, or other imaging tests
- Genetic tests
Male infertility is diagnosed a little differently. The initial step in diagnosing the cause of the issue will be a general physical examination, followed by the analysis of a sperm sample which will check the health of the sperm.
If this semen analysis shows any abnormalities in number, shape or movement of the sperm, the specialist may recommend additional tests. These tests can include:
- Advanced sperm analysis
- Hormone tests
- Testicular biopsy
- A scrotal ultrasound
- Genetic tests
These tests will help to diagnose infertility. Once the cause is determined, a team of specialists can help you to overcome whatever fertility issue you are facing and work with you towards a conception.