Female infertility tests can help you understand and overcome fertility struggles
Women and men who need help welcoming a baby often turn to Midwest Fertility Specialists (MFS). To provide answers, our Indiana fertility center offers a wealth of female infertility tests, including ovarian reserve testing. With this vital information, our doctors can work with patients to create a customized fertility treatment plan that will make parenthood possible.
Reviewing the different female infertility tests
The first appointment at our Indiana fertility center will start with a comprehensive medical and family history. This discussion provides information about a woman’s physical and reproductive health, as well as any past fertility treatments or pregnancies. Next, the doctor will perform a physical exam and order female infertility tests, which may include the following:
- Ovarian reserve testing can provide a detailed analysis of a woman’s egg supply by assessing her levels of anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH). The ovaries produce this hormone, and a higher level suggests a greater number of eggs. Our doctors may also order testing for follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), prolactin and estradiol.
- A transvaginal ultrasound allows our doctors to visualize the ovaries and the uterus. While viewing the ovaries, our team can perform an antral follicle count. Our doctors can also assess the uterus for any structural abnormalities.
- Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is a nonsurgical procedure that can identify whether a woman has a blockage in her fallopian tubes. This test involves inserting dye into the uterus through the vagina and then taking x-ray images to see how the dye moves through the reproductive system.
Sometimes, a woman may need to undergo minimally invasive surgery to diagnose conditions like endometriosis and uterine defects. After making a tiny incision, the surgeon will insert a small telescope to look for evidence of the suspected condition.
What happens after the fertility testing?
Once the team at our Indiana fertility center has the results of the female infertility tests, they can review them with the patient. The doctor will explain what the results reveal, make a diagnosis and work with the patient to make a customized treatment plan.
The infertility diagnosis will determine which treatments will be appropriate. Our center always strives to start with basic options. However, our doctors sometimes need to recommend more advanced treatments like in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) to make pregnancy possible. Patients can feel confident that our doctors will recommend the best treatment plan for their unique needs and goals.
Want to get answers about infertility?
Getting female infertility testing is the first step to overcome fertility struggles. Contact us to schedule an appointment and let us help you on the path to parenthood.