Many people desire to have children in the future, but fertility issues may hinder them. The Women’s Healthcare of Norman team offers various Norman infertility tests to help you determine the underlying cause of your inability to conceive. Some of the tests your provider may perform include the following:
You can conduct this test at home using ovulation prediction kits to identify luteinizing hormone (LH) in your urine. An increase in LH hormone shows that you are about to begin ovulating. By tracking your ovulation, you can determine the optimal time to have intercourse to increase your chances of conception. If you consistently fail to ovulate or have irregular cycles, it may be a sign of infertility. In such cases, your provider may recommend ultrasound imaging or hormone testing to detect the underlying cause of the abnormality. Infertility can be due to premature ovarian failure, polycystic ovary syndrome, and endometriosis.
Imaging tests involve using advanced technology to obtain a vivid view of the reproductive organs to detect any abnormalities contributing to infertility. Your provider may use a transvaginal ultrasound which utilizes high-frequency sound waves to provide images of your fallopian tubes, uterus, and ovaries. This diagnostic technique can help your provider detect blockages in your fallopian tubes, uterine fibroids, and ovarian cysts that may be gendering conception. The team may also use a sonohysterogram, also known as a saline infusion sonogram, to view the inside of your uterus, which you cannot access using a regular ultrasound.
A hysterosalpingography involves using X-ray imaging to evaluate your fallopian tubes and uterus. Fertility Tests Your provider will perform it as an outpatient procedure, and it often lasts for about 30 minutes. The team injects a contrast dye into your uterus through your cervix while they take X-rays. The dye then flows through your fallopian tubes, allowing your specialist to identify abnormalities in your reproductive system. Although the test is relatively safe, it can be uncomfortable and sometimes result in vaginal bleeding, which resolves quickly.
Ovarian reserve testing
Ovarian reserve testing is a technique that measures the quantity and viability of your remaining eggs. This test provides vital information about your reproductive health and can help your doctor to identify the most appropriate fertility treatment. Women’s Healthcare of Norman offers various methods for ovarian reserve testing, including ultrasounds and blood tests. During the procedure, your provider will measure the follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and estradiol levels on the third day of your menstrual cycle. High FSH indicates low ovarian reserve, which can reduce your fertility. This test can help you determine your chances of getting pregnant and the right treatments to use.
Infertility can be due to an imbalance in your hormone levels, and this test can help detect and address these imbalances. The test measures the levels of hormones necessary for reproduction, such as estrogen and progesterone. Abnormal levels can signify an issue with your reproductive system that could affect your fertility.
For more information about the diagnostic tests for infertility, call the Women’s Healthcare of Norman or book an appointment online.