Exams and Tests
Testing for fertility problems usually starts with simple tests for both partners. In addition to an interview and physical exams, these first tests will:
- Reference Check semen quality.
- Check both partners' Reference hormone Opens New Window levels in the blood. Hormone imbalances can be a sign of Reference ovulation Opens New Window problems or sperm production problems that can be treated.
If your test results show no cause of infertility, your doctor may recommend checking Reference fallopian tube Opens New Window function. Depending on your age and other risk factors, you may then be offered further testing. Or you may begin treatment with Reference superovulation Opens New Window (to produce more eggs), Reference intrauterine insemination Opens New Window (which puts sperm into the uterus with a tube), or both.
For more information, see the topic Reference Infertility Tests.
Testing can be stressful, costly, and sometimes painful. You may need only a few tests. Or you may need many tests over months and years.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference December 7, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology