WHAT IS FERTILITY TESTS?
Types of fertility tests:
Female fertility tests:
- Ovulation Tests: Tests monitor ovulation by measuring hormone levels or temperature changes, including FSH, LH, estrogen, and progesterone, which are crucial in the menstrual cycle.
- Ovarian Reserve Testing: Evaluate the quantity and quality of a woman’s eggs using blood tests for anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) and antral follicle count (AFC) through ultrasound. Hysterosalpingography (HSG) is an X-ray test that scan the uterus and fallopian tubes to detect any blockages or abnormalities.
- Laparoscopy: is a minimally invasive surgical procedure to diagnose and treat conditions affecting female fertility, such as endometriosis or pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
Male Fertility Tests:
- Hormone Tests: blood tests to check hormone levels like testosterone, follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and luteinizing hormone (LH). Ultrasound: This can be used to examine the testicles and surrounding structures for any abnormalities or issues.
- When to Consider Fertility Testing: couples who have been trying to conceive for a year without success (six months for women over 35). individuals with known or suspected fertility issues. medical conditions or treatments that may affect fertility, such as (PCOS) or chemotherapy.
- Interpreting Results: Understanding the results of fertility tests is crucial. Abnormal findings may indicate various issues, such as hormonal imbalances, low sperm count, blocked fallopian tubes, or other factors affecting fertility. Consulting a fertility specialist or reproductive endocrinologist helps interpret these results and devise a personalised treatment plan.
- Conclusion: Fertility tests are crucial in identifying hurdles to conception, offering insights into reproductive health, and guiding interventions for pregnancy. Consulting healthcare experts and exploring options are pivotal steps in realizing family dreams. Every fertility journey is unique; support and understanding are essential companions on this path.