What to Know About Fertility Testing
Female and Male Fertility Testing
Determining the cause of infertility is an important first step in the journey toward successfully having a child through assisted reproduction. While some fertility tests can be conducted by OB-GYNs, primary care doctors or urologists, analysis and interpretation – the critical components - are best done by a specialist in the field of fertility.
Our MCRM Fertility specialists, Dr. Peter Ahlering and Dr. Mira Aubuchon, will review your tests and explain what they mean, and work with you to decide the right path to take for treatments. It’s worth noting that, typically, sperm sent to reference labs used by your regular doctors only test for count and motility. Because of the advanced analyses we’re able to perform at our in-house lab, results will be much more comprehensive.
Fertility Tests We Offer
Females - Ovarian Function: We will take a complete patient history and conduct tests help determine if a woman is ovulating regularly and producing the proper levels of hormones to encourage fertility including:
- Pelvic and physical exam
- Bloodwork to measure an AMH levels well as other hormone levels
- Transvaginal ultrasound to complete an antral follicle count (AFC) and to examine the uterine structure
- Possible assessment of fallopian tube function by conducting a sonohysterogram (SHG).
Males – Testicular Function: Advancements in semen testing have made it possible to conduct both quantitative and qualitative sperm analyses, which are both critical in assessing male fertility. In addition to complete magnified semen analysis, MCRM Fertility utilizes the Sperm DNA Fragmentation Assay, which is a state-of-the-art, qualitative measure of male fertility health. MCRM Fertility is also the region's only provider of the Cap-Score test. The findings, along with a complete patient history, will help your provider to determine your most appropriate treatment plan.
Other Tests: If warranted, your provider may also order additional hormone evaluation, testicular ultrasound, and/or genetic evaluation.
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If you have any questions or would like to set up a consultation, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our clinics in St Louis, MO or Tulsa, OK. Continue reading to learn more about fertility testing at MCRM Fertility.
What Will You Learn from Fertility Tests?
There are many factors that contribute to fertility issues. Age can be an especially common factor in both male and female infertility. Women are born with a finite number of eggs. As a woman ages, the quantity, as well as quality of her eggs diminishes. This can create challenges to getting pregnant. For both men and women, low levels of certain hormones can also contribute to fertility issues. Systemic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, autoimmune diseases and inflammatory bowel disease can affect fertility, as can taking certain medications. The effects of some conditions and medications may be able to be reversed, but sometimes the damage done is not reversible.
Unfortunately, there are no magic pills or supplements that can improve the health of eggs and sperm. However, living a healthy lifestyle is always advisable. That includes eating a balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight, getting moderate exercise. It is also advised to avoid smoking, excess alcohol, and recreational drug use.
It is important to understand the health factors mentioned above, and to be honest and upfront about your lifestyle on your medical history forms and also with your doctor. The more we know about you and your health, the better we can address your fertility challenges.