For lots of couples, having a baby is something they have always dreamt of and it is a huge part of their plan together. However, falling pregnant isn’t always as straightforward as people may think. Whilst a high percentage of couples will conceive naturally within their first year of trying, some couples can continue to try for many months without any success, and this is when we would recommend that you get a fertility test.
Not all couples will know which fertility test is needed, or what it entails, and if you would like to know more, please keep reading or contact us. Our team here at the London IVF and Genetics Centre have put together an easy to understand guide covering all of the basics in relation to both female and male fertility tests in London.
Thinking of a fertility test?
There are a number of fertility tests to understand why you may be struggling with getting pregnant. The best way to find out whether there are any medical reasons that is preventing you from conceiving or to know more about your fertility status, is to seek help from a specialist. These tests will differ slightly depending on your clinical circumstances, however, none of the tests are said to be painful or intolerable.
Female fertility tests
A comprehensive female fertility test, sometimes referred to as a fertility MOT, will cover tests to check ovarian reserve or egg health, tubes and pelvis. When you undertake a fertility test in London your consultant will take the time to get to know you, they will require information about your medical history, menstrual history, sexual life and also your lifestyle.
Whilst these basic MOT tests can differ depending on which clinic you go to, here is what is included when you turn to LIGC for your fertility test in London. The basic MOT will check egg health or ovarian reserve. The blood tests along with an ultrasound scan for antral follicle count, provides information about the quantity and quality of your eggs. You can also get a more in-depth information with complete MOT that involves a special ultrasound scan, HyCoSy, to check the fallopian tubes too.
No matter which option you choose, you will also receive a consultation to discuss any findings. If the consultant thinks that you will benefit from fertility treatment then they will also discuss the different options available with you too.
Male fertility tests
Similarly to a female fertility test, when you attend a male fertility test a consultant will start by getting to know a bit more about you and your body. All of the questions they ask will be regarding factors that can affect your fertility.
Again, tests can differ from clinic to clinic, but the fertility tests in London that we carry out at the London IVF and Genetics Centre are specifically designed to check things such as your sperm count. All basic tests involve a semen analysis checking a range of parameters including concentration and motility, morphology and anti-sperm antibodies. More in-depth tests will also include oxidative stress test, sperm DNA fragmentation index or sperm aneuploidy. These tests look for prevalence of oxidative damage, screening for silent infections, damage to genetic material and genetic abnormality in sperm cell.
Male fertility tests in London also include semen analysis and a full consultation with fertility specialist to help you to understand what the results mean. They can also then help you to decide how to proceed in regards to treatment.
Getting a fertility test in London
Now that you understand exactly what fertility tests are and what they entail, you will know that they are nothing to be afraid of and ultimately, they are the next step for anyone who is struggling to conceive naturally. It goes without saying that the results you can get from a fertility test are essential to your chance of being parents and they will assist you to choose the best possible next steps in your fertility journey.
If you would like to arrange for a fertility test in London, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team here at London IVF and Genetics Centre. We have been providing both female and male fertility tests in London for many years now and we are proud to have an incredibly skilled team on board to assist you in this regard. We are here to help you every step of the way and you can rest assured that we will do all we can to support you during this process.
To have a conversation with one of our consultants, please feel free to call us on 02075800207 for London appointments or 01908915151 for Milton Keynes patients. We also hold open evenings and consultations that are more than welcome to attend. You also have the options of emailing us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or sending across a message, alongside your contact information, via the enquiry form on our website’s contact page.