Assess your fertility potential with diagnostic fertility testing
Infertility is very common. In fact, 1 out of 8 couples struggle with infertility. Thankfully, advances in fertility treatment allow the physicians at USC Fertility to test both women and men to assess their fertility potential. At our Los Angeles fertility center, we offer diagnostic fertility testing so that our team can identify any possible roadblocks to conception. This information enables our patients to make family-building plans.
Understanding diagnostic fertility testing options for women
Female fertility declines with age, which leads to a decline in the quantity and quality of eggs. Through a combination of blood work and a transvaginal ultrasound, our Los Angeles fertility center team can determine your ovarian reserve and gain more information about your reproductive potential. We typically perform the following diagnostic fertility testing.
- FSH. This is the main hormone that tells the ovaries to release an egg. When a woman has fewer eggs, the amount of FSH she secretes each month increases. An elevated FSH often predicts low egg quantity. Abnormal FSH may indicate that your chances of getting pregnant are lower than expected for your age.
- Estradiol. When you come to our Los Angeles fertility center, we will also check your estradiol level. An elevated estradiol level will artificially decrease the FSH value, making it falsely low for the month.
- AMH. We will also evaluate your AMH level during diagnostic fertility testing. This hormone is produced in the ovarian follicles, the fluid filled sacs that contain your eggs. A high AMH reflects good egg quantity. A low AMH appears in women with fewer eggs.
- Transvaginal ultrasound. At your visit, we will perform an ultrasound to evaluate your uterus and ovaries. The ultrasound will highlight any uterine irregularities that could affect your ability to carry a pregnancy. The technician will also examine the ovaries for abnormalities and count the number of follicles, which we refer to as your antral follicle count. A low follicle count is consistent with decreased fertility.
Diagnostic fertility testing options for men
In about 40% of couples, male factor infertility is partially or solely responsible for infertility. Using simple diagnostic fertility testing for men called a semen analysis, our doctors can screen for male factor infertility
After abstaining from sex for 2-5 days, your partner will provide a sample that the lab can test for the count, shape, volume and motility of sperm. Once we have the results, your doctor can review them in detail and discuss the next steps.
We offer a variety of tests that can help our physicians identify and treat the complex causes of infertility. If you have questions or would like more information, contact our Los Angeles fertility center to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled physicians