At your assessment we’ll look at both your general and fertility health and take you through a few key tests.
The female fertility assessment consists of a set of female fertility tests. During your assessment, we'll perform the following tests:
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Your general health is closely linked to your fertility health, so we’ll be checking to make sure your blood pressure is within the recommended guidelines.
For treatment to be successful you need to be able to produce eggs, so it’s really important that we know when you’re ovulating.
We'll take note of any existing medical conditions, including your gynaecological history, and explore any known problems that could be relevant. We might suggest further tests or make other recommendations based on our findings.
Your lifestyle can make a big difference to your fertility. Your doctor or nurse might suggest changes to your exercise or diet to help you get in the best possible shape for your journey with CARE.
The level of anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) in your blood is used as an indicator of your ovarian reserve, and can give us a better idea of how you might respond to IVF treatment. We’ll check your AMH levels through a simple blood test.
By doing an ultrasound scan, we can check your womb, ovaries, and Fallopian tubes to see if these might be affecting your fertility. If we notice anything, we might suggest further tests.
We also offer tests for rubella, chlamydia and tubal patency, which you can book as extras or request via your GP. For information about the costs and availability of these tests, ask at the reception of your clinic when you come in for your assessment.
Our check for rubella immunity is a blood test, used to measure the level of rubella antibodies in your blood.
Chlamydia can damage the Fallopian tubes and cause them to become narrowed or blocked, which can seriously affect your fertility. So it’s really important that it’s both detected and treated as quickly as possible.
Available at all CARE clinics, HyCoSy is the procedure we use to check that your Fallopian tubes are open, and that there aren’t any blockages.
You can book your assessment individually or with your partner as a couple, which reduces the overall cost. To find out more about our fertility assessments for women or to book an appointment, contact us or call your clinic.
We regularly post about all aspects of female fertility on the CARE Fertility blog.