When a couple tries to conceive for an extended period of time without a resulting viable pregnancy, it is called infertility. Fertility Testing takes place to establish the cause of the infertility.
Female Fertility Testing
A female undergoing fertility testing will begin with hormone testing and evaluation (the specific tests will be dependant upon the woman’s medical history). Specialists will then confirm that ovulation is occurring regularly, as well as test and measure the thickness of the endometrium (lining of the uterus) and FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) levels.
Prior to fertility treatment, additional examination will evaluate the health and condition of the fallopian tubes, uterus, and surrounding environments and determine if there is anything abnormal, or if there is a blockage.
Fertility testing can also ascertain whether the cervical mucous has the correct consistency to effectively deliver sperm to the uterus.
Male Fertility Testing
Male factor infertility is also a common experience for couples. In fact, it may be the cause in 40-50% of all infertility cases. According to the CDC, approximately 7.5% of all men younger than 45 who are sexually active have reported seeing a fertility specialist at some point in their lives. Of those, about 18% were diagnosed with some form of male factor infertility.
Male infertility can be caused by problems with sperm production, hormone imbalances, or other conditions that affect fertility in general. To diagnose if a male is infertile, fertility tests are administered.
Fertility tests for the male will include a semen analysis. This analysis will check for sperm production, mobility (the ability for sperm to swim or move around), and the size and shape of the sperm.
Moving Past Infertility
Infertility can be addressed in numerous ways, and the specialists at Oregon Reproductive Services have one of the highest IVF birth rates in the nation for women under 35. Each patient is different, and ORM will tailor your reproductive treatments to suit your best-case scenario for having a healthy baby. You can find out more about fertility testing at a free informational seminar, where doctors from Oregon Reproductive Medicine answer all your questions and discuss the promising treatments now available.
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