If you or your partner are younger than 35 and haven’t conceived naturally after more than one year, it’s time to speak to your doctor about fertility testing. However, if you or your partner are older than 35, you should undergo testing after only six months.
Some people choose to undergo fertility tests even sooner. If you have a family history of certain inherited conditions, it’s smart to look into your reproductive health as soon as you start trying (or even before).
You might also seek out these tests if you have any medical conditions that are known to affect fertility.
Some of these conditions include endometriosis, fibroids, thyroid disorders, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Fertility tests are accurate, but you need to remember that a single test can rarely give you the answers you seek. Instead, your doctor needs to look at wide array of different factors to diagnose your problem, if there is one. Just remember – sometimes, even with all of the available tests, the doctors and specialists cannot pinpoint the problem.
Fertility testing can be a long and complicated process. Your doctor will have many questions for you, so it’s smart to think about them in advance. That way, you can arrive with all of the important information.
Tell your doctor the following facts:
There are two main types of fertility testing for women – hormonal and structural. They need to be considered in relation to one another, and in the context of your overall health.
Let’s first talk about hormonal testing. Having too little or too much of any female hormone can negatively impact fertility. Here are some of the fertility hormones that will be assessed with blood tests.
Do you still hear people saying that infertility is a ladies’ issue? This isn’t true – nearly half of all infertility cases are caused by the guy’s side of things. So, male factor infertility is actually very common. The most common cause of male infertility is damaged sperm.
Fertility testing for men assesses sperm health, looks for abnormalities, and looks at sperm delivery to make sure everything is normal. It also measures male hormone levels.
Here are some of the most common male fertility tests:
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