If blood tests and other diagnostic tests do not determine the cause of your infertility, your health care professional may suggest one or two surgical tests to try to diagnose or treat the problem. One test lets the doctor see inside the uterus and the other shows the outside of the uterus, the ovaries, and fallopian tubes.
Dr. Anate Brauer from Greenwich Fertility Center discusses what tests are involved in the fertility workup. The fertility workup checks your ovaries and eggs as well as your uterus and tubes. It is necessary that your ovaries are normal and healthy and that have a normal number of good quality eggs. In addition, the male also needs to have a fertility work up to check his sperm.
Dr. Natan Bar-Chama of RMA New York discusses the importance of males having a fertility work up. It is now known that when a couple has infertility problems, up to 30% is due to male factor infertility.
Haven’t met the right partner, or not ready to have a baby on your own? Focused on your career right now? Just not ready to be a mom? Perfectly understandable. But if baby-making is on your future to-do list, and you could get information about your current fertility, or preserve your future fertility, wouldn’t it make sense to look into it? That’s where AMH testing – info on your current fertility, and egg freezing – preserving your future fertility, come in.
A blog by Kara Nguyen, MD, MPH, RMA of Central Pennsylvania at PinnacleHealth, August 5, 2015
There is no one perfect test for ovarian reserve. There is no test that can tell a woman how many eggs she has left or if the egg she is releasing any given month is a healthy one. Several tests are used routinely as indirect measures of ovarian reserve but it is a misnomer to call them tests of “ovarian reserve” because these tests do not tell us the actual quantity of eggs available. Some common tests that your doctor may order include baseline FSH and estradiol levels, AMH, and preantral follicle counts.
A blog by Dr. Daniel Kort, Damien Fertility Partners, January 7, 2015
AMH is an important test that gives me a lot of good information about a woman’s ovarian function. It's important to understand: what AMH is; why AMH is important; why AMH is not the only important thing.
Infertility was all new to me. I had to become educated in an area I knew and understood little about. Looking back I feel almost foolish and naïve that I thought I would just have to take medication and I’d get pregnant. I suppose that’s all some people have to do though. If only it would have been that straightforward.
With approximately 10% of couples in the United States affected by infertility, understanding underlying health problems that may contribute to reproductive difficulties is essential. Fertility clinics will help you identify the contributors to fertility, whether it is a problem with one partner or a combination of factors in both partners. With proper diagnosis, treatment plans to maximize chances of fertilization success can be promptly implemented.