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Fertility Testing 101: Part II

infertility testingAs discussed previously, there are many, many factors that can have effect on fertility. Tests and procedures are common to determine a cause or abnormality that may occur in the male or female. Blood tests are usually the first step accompanied by sperm analysis since these tests are the least invasive and least uncomfortable. However, other tests or procedures for infertility testing may also need to be completed. These could include:

  • Laparoscopy – This procedure requires general anesthesia and is much more invasive than other tests. A laparoscope is inserted into the abdomen and looks for endometriosis, scarring or other abnormality.
  • Endometrial Biopsy – A biopsy of the uterine lining is called an endometrial biopsy. This would be a normal procedure to determine if an embryo could be placed there. A sample of tissue is removed and examined. This procedure is definitely uncomfortable and requires painkillers.
  • Transvaginal Ultrasound Exam – This exam is an ultrasound that determines whether the follicles in the ovaries are working normally. The exam is performed 15 days before the expect menstrual period to provide accurate results.

Many of these tests can determine if a cause of infertility can be rectified or resolved or if other forms of conception may need to be considered. Some of infertility testing can be uncomfortable or even painful. These tests are determined by the physician and can accommodate to your needs.