Female Fertility Testing - Overview of Tests
Dr. Janelle Dorsett has helped numerous patients in and around the greater Lubbock area have the families of their dreams. This is thanks in large part to procedures such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), though the best treatments come from properly addressing the cause of infertility.
With that in mind, let's take a moment to consider some of the most common testing methods that help fertility doctors best serve their patients.
Female Infertility Can Make Starting a Family Very Difficult
There are many different impediments to starting a family of your own. In some cases, these obstacles are related to female infertility issues. This could be related to hormonal imbalances, various kinds of health conditions, or even your age. Whatever the case may be, it's important that fertility specialists consider the exact cause of infertility to ensure that you receive the proper treatment to address matters.
How Common Is Female Infertility?
In general, female infertility tends to account for about one-third of all infertility issues. Another one-third is related to male infertility, and the last third is due to a combination of male and female infertility issues. It's pretty evenly split, all things considered.
Common Causes of Female Infertility
Some common causes of female infertility include:
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
- Blocked or damaged fallopian tubes
- Hormonal imbalances
- Uterine abnormalities
- Issues with egg quality or quantity
- Advanced age (i.e., older than 35)
Combinations of these issues are not uncommon. It's also possible that the exact cause of female infertility may go unidentified.
Testing Female Infertility: Options to Consider
Below are some common tests that may be performed in order to diagnose and assess female infertility. Keep in mind that a combination of different tests may be used as needed.
Ovulation Tests – Over-the-counter ovulation prediction kits as well as clinical blood tests can determine if an issue with ovulation is the primary cause of your infertility.
Ovarian Reserve Tests – This kind of test helps determine if there's an issue with the viability of a woman's egg supply.
Hysterosalpingography – This is a type of x-ray that focuses on the health and condition of the reproductive system, with a focus on the uterus and the fallopian tubes in order to identify abnormalities.
Hormone Tests – Other hormones may be affecting fertility, which is why blood work may be done in order to look at other potential problems with hormone levels.
Imaging Tests – In addition to hysterosalpingography, ultrasound and other imaging tests may be used to examine the uterus and fallopian tubes for potential problems.
Laparoscopy – This kind of test will involve minor surgery in order to insert a small, thin camera. This will allow fertility specialists to get a closer and detailed look at various parts of the female reproductive system.
Genetic Testing – Genetic defects or conditions may be affecting fertility in some cases. This is why genetic tests will be conducted.
What Treatment Options Are Most Ideal for Female Infertility?
Once a cause or probable cause of female infertility has been identified, then treatment can be performed. The ideal treatment varies from patient to patient, and we will always tailor the procedure to the needs of the individual.
Learn More About Female Infertility Treatments
For more information on common causes of female infertility and how our team can help you, be sure to contact our fertility treatment center today. Dr. Janelle Dorsett and her team will help you start the family that you have always wanted to have.