What is Infertility?
Infertility is defined as the failure to get pregnant after one year of unprotected, well timed sexual intercourse. Research has found that around 40% of infertility is caused by female factors, 40% of male factors, and 20% by a combination of both.
What Causes Infertility?
Ovulation occurs most frequently about 14 days before menstruation begins. Then, an egg goes out from the ovary and is swept into the fallopian tube where fertilization occurs. After 2-3 days, the fertilized egg implants in the lining of the uterus. Anything that impedes on this process can prevent conception. Common causes of infertility include hormonal problems, blocked fallopian tubes, endometriosis, and sperm of insufficient quality or quantity.
What are Tests for Infertility and IVF ?
Diagnostic tests are prescribed based on your medical history. We analyze the physical examination and the results of any previous testing and/or treatment. This could include a semen analysis (spermiogram), blood workup, pelvic ultrasound and a hysterosalpingogram or HSG (an x-ray to evaluate the uterus and the fallopian tubes), Anti-Mullerian Hormone or AMH test (a blood test in order to check your egg reserve). During the planning, for the doctor to be able to diagnose the issue and decide on the best treatment option, those results are necessary.
What Happens After IVF Tests?
The next step in IVF treatment is that you and your partner will need to meet with our medical staff at Crown IVF to discuss the results. We will take you through a personalized step-by-step treatment plan. Do not be afraid to ask the medical or nursing staff for clarification on anything!