Knowing Your Status!
Why a fertility test? Your fertility
status is inherent! So why take a test and what is the process?
We all assume fertility is part of
our genetic makeup, so even the slightest doubt to the contrary may be a
concern. When the term "infertility" is used as if it is a normal status, it
causes many couples to believe that this may not apply to them.
What causes infertility will
definitely be a subject that requires full investigation if you suspect you
are in this category and beginning to be concerned about your lack of pregnancy.
Initially your doctor will take notes
on your fertility history, as a couple. Some of the questions are very personal
and may be uncomfortable. But the more information you can provide about you as
a person and your medical history, makes it that much easier for the doctor to
plan your primary infertility testing.
Typically, the information almost always asked will be:
generally will apply to women 35 and over
- how long you've been trying to conceive
- past illnesses that may affect
the reproductive system
- any surgery
of drugs / medication on infertility
- women -
days and length
- frequency of menstrual cycle -
- is a menstrual cycle occurring normally -
- is menstrual cycle accompanied by pain
- job occupational hazards, especially for the male
- an std affecting a females
- discuss any past pap smear test results
- any abnormal or sport injury to
On the page
infertility support, we discuss the importance having the right support. It
also encourages that first visit to your doctor. Once the initial consultation
has been conducted, your physician may refer either one, or both for further fertility tests, often referred to as "secondary
tests", normally carried out in a special fertility unit or clinic.
Further testing may uncover medical problems not known to either one, but will
immediately allow the doctor to be able to plan the treatment going forward to
Primary infertility test for the man:
There a number of
of male infertility which will be part of the fertility questions and
The fertility doctor or clinic will
in most cases, send the male partner for the first initial tests.
because the tests a man undergoes is normally less invasive, than for a woman,
and less costly.
The tests a male undergoes are
- Physical examination of the man's penis and testes to determine
- Two semen samples, necessary for a
undertaken by a laboratory at the
A semen analysis test will identify the health status of sperm, the quantity
produced and if they are normal or abnormal.
Primary infertility test for women:
There are of course
different tests for females, which will include:
- A current smear test from the
- A test for
chlamydia infection (if detected, can be treated)
- Physical examination, which includes an internal examination
a blood test to measure progesterone levels (normally taken in the third half
of the cycle - the
luteal phase, to confirm
While it may be assumed that your doctor will conduct the first examinations
and infertility test, there may be good reason to refer you for secondary tests,
in the event your physician suspects a physical medical condition which may
- If either partner, especially the female, is over the age of 35,
- Blockage or damage to the
- If the female has a history of
amenorrhoea (described as the absence of
- Or a history of
oligomenorrhea (periods that are infrequent)
- Abnormal anatomy on internal examination, for the female
- If a female has the condition
of the scrotum (Veins), if this condition exists
- Semen issues, such as
count, or abnormal sperm detected can be treated
Primary infertility test
The tests described should be
considered the first stage in infertility investigation. They are important
because they not only tell you a lot about yourself, but also provide that
information to your doctor or fertility specialist/
Facing the truth about why you are not falling pregnant is difficult
and can cause both you and your partner a great deal of stress and anxiety. You will need to gather all your courage to find out if there are any
physical causes, or if this is unknown infertility.
The only time you can embark on this journey, is knowing the truth, however
difficult it may be. Generally any further testing will be referred to a
specialist fertility unit or clinic for a fertility plan.
All the tests in the world will only assist if sperm and egg rendezvous at
the right time in a female
Knowing when this occurs can be tested with either an
predictor kit, or by recognizing your
ovulation by careful
monitoring of your monthly cycles.
Unknown infertility or
Because there are so
many reasons that can be attributed to either male or female infertility, once
the initially tests have been undertaken and the results known, a clearer
picture will present itself. Then the important journey can really begin in earnest.
You and your partner can
then decide on the path best suited to you and your financial situation. The
natural route may suit you best, particularly if the diagnosis is unknown
When you are advised that you should carry on trying to fall
pregnant because there is no medical reason to prevent conception, very often a
feeling of hopelessness is experienced, as you ask yourselves; "Where to from
infertility is looking at your way of life, and the changes you can make to
increase your fertility status. So much is written about diet and lifestyle, and
these changes really have worked for many couples with unknown infertility.
infertility diet recommends the changes that will benefit and treat
infertility naturally. Supplements that can be taken to encourage good health
are recommended on
The day of ovulation or
as close to it as possible, is the only time conception can take place. This day
can be predicted by using an
to provide a guide of how to monitor the days in the
The page ovulation calendar
has information about the cycle length which is critical information to plan, get together with your partner and
ovulation day so that conception can take place.
In the case where a man
is found to have a
low sperm count,
conception can take a long time if no medical intervention is used. Some couples
may be happy to wait and keep trying month after month, naturally.
Combined with an infertility age
factor, there are procedures like
and other medical options to aid getting pregnant.
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