What You Need to Know About Fertility Tests

Why isn’t the test positive? You don’t have to guess when it comes to fertility tests. The fertility specialists at Dallas IVF are experts at diagnosing and treating the complex causes of infertility. Our experienced physicians diagnose patients at our four Dallas fertility centers. A day or two of fertility testing can provide important information about your reproductive health.

It’s important to know when to consider fertility testing at our Dallas fertility centers

If you’re wondering when you should consider fertility testing, the experts at our Dallas fertility centers have some helpful guidelines.

  • If you’re under 35 and have been unable to get pregnant after one year of trying, get help.
  • If you’re 35 or older and have been unable to get pregnant after six months of trying, call us.
  • If you have a physical or medical problem that could prevent pregnancy, like irregular menstrual cycles, painful periods or a history of pelvic infections, it’s time to partner with a fertility specialist.

If any of these categories apply to you, it may be time to visit Dallas IVF for fertility testing.

There are many fertility tests available, ranging from blood tests to ultrasounds

Before your physician begins fertility testing at one of our Dallas fertility centers, he or she will take a medical history and perform a physical exam on the female partner.

Here are some common female fertility tests you can expect.

  • Blood tests check your follicle stimulating hormone, (FSH), LH, estradiol and anti-mullerian hormone, (AMH). Your hormone levels can give you and your physician information about your egg supply, or ovarian reserve. High FSH levels and low AMH levels indicate a diminished ovarian reserve. We can also predict how you will respond to fertility treatment.
  • Your physician will also perform a transvaginal ultrasound to count your follicles. Eggs grow inside these pouch-like sacs, so a low antral follicle count suggests a diminished ovarian reserve.
  • A hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is an x-ray test your physician may recommend that is used to check that your fallopian tubes are open and functioning normally.

There is also fertility testing available for men. The most common male fertility test is semen analysis that looks at the characteristics of a man’s sperm and semen. When this information is combined with the results of female fertility testing, your physician can design the right fertility treatment plan for you and your partner.

If you’re interested in fertility testing, please contact Dallas IVF today to schedule an appointment. Take the first step toward a healthy pregnancy and baby.