Infertility Consultation

Infertility is defined as being unable to conceive spontaneously in a 1 year period for new couples, and 6 months for those who had kids previously, provided unprotected regular intercourse. After this given period a couple seeking fertility should consult an OBGYN/fertility specialist.

The first appointment with a fertility specialist, the doctor will review the patient’s medical history, social, gynecological, obstetrics history and assess her general health. You will be asked basic questions like how long have you been trying to conceive, diary of your cycle, if you have received any prior fertility treatments, family medical history. A detailed history from your partner, sexual history, medical history,

It would be good if you can bring along with you all your medical records for the doctor to review.

Initial tests and investigations for you and your partner will be recommended to evaluate the important aspects of fertility:

Recommended Blood Tests for women:

–     Rubella immunity (German measles)

–     Chicken pox

–     Hepatitis B surface antigen (hbsAg)

–     Hepatitis C antibody

–     HIV ½ antibody

–     Full blood count, checking blood group & Rh, thyroid function status

–     Pap smear test

–     Other set of blood test may also be ordered

Other fertility tests for women:

Vaginal ultrasound

–     to check for fibroids, polyps, ovarian cyst or any other uterine abnormality.

–     to act as a ‘baseline’ for reference during your treatment.

Genetic test, if there’s a family history of genetic diseases.

Blood Tests for men:

–     HIV ½ antibody

–     Hepatitis B surface antigen

–     Hepatitis C antibody

Other fertility tests for men:

–     Semen analysis or also known as sperm count analyzes the health and viability of the sperm also to check for antibodies and any possible infection.

Once we have the results of these tests, the fertility specialist will meet with the couple again to explain in detail your recommended treatment plan.

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