Female fertility testing as a starting point
When you visit our DFW fertility center for help overcoming infertility, our physicians will begin with female fertility testing. Although you may be eager to begin treatment as soon as possible, it is important for your physician to understand what is causing your fertility issues. When your physician can provide an accurate diagnosis, he or she is able to develop the right treatment plan to help you start or grow your family.
Uncovering the causes of infertility with female fertility testing
After taking a thorough medical history and performing a female physical exam, your physician at our DFW fertility center will determine which fertility tests are right for you. The goal of testing is to uncover any issues that may not be apparent from your physical exam or medical history.
Female fertility testing looks different for each patient. Depending on your situation, your physician may perform one or more of the following tests.
- Blood tests evaluate hormone levels and ovarian function by measuring Day 3 FSH and AMH levels. Your fertility specialist may also perform other blood tests tailored to your unique situation.
- A transvaginal ultrasound allows your physician to see the size and shape of your uterus and ovaries. It also allows him or her to examine your uterine lining and check for abnormalities in your uterus and ovaries. This procedure can allow your physician to evaluate your antral follicle count, or the resting number of follicles on your ovaries. This is another method that can help your physician evaluate your ovarian reserve.
- A hysterosalpingogram, or HSG, can provide information about your fallopian tubes that cannot be seen on an ultrasound. This test involves injecting dye into your uterus through a thin catheter. The dye will appear on x-ray to highlight any blockages in your fallopian tubes. HSG can also evaluate any uterine abnormalities that may be hindering your ability to conceive.
- Genetic testing is available for you and your partner. Even if you and your partner have no history of genetic disorders, either of you can still be a carrier. Our fertility specialists can recommend specific tests based on your ethnic background and family history.
Tailoring treatment based on the test results
Your fertility specialist will develop a customized treatment plan for you based on your test results. Your results might suggest that you are a good candidate for ovulation induction and intrauterine insemination, or they may indicate that in vitro fertilization, or IVF, is more likely to help you have a baby.
Your physician at our DFW fertility center will discuss your test results and treatment options with you to help develop a treatment plan that will meet your family-building goals.
Contact us if you would like to schedule an appointment for female fertility testing at our DFW fertility center.