Learn how fertility testing results influence your treatment plan
When you are struggling to have a baby, you want to find answers and address any issues. At USC Fertility, our doctors will perform a full fertility evaluation to identify any hindrances to conception. Armed with these fertility testing results; our Los Angeles fertility center experts can determine the best treatment for your specific situation.
When should you consider fertility testing?
Generally, our Los Angeles fertility center experts suggest getting a fertility evaluation after a year of trying to conceive without success if you are under the age of 35. Female fertility begins to decline with age, so you should consult a fertility specialist after trying for six months if the female partner is 35 years or older. Because infertility can affect men and women, both partners should undergo an initial evaluation.
Patients may want to get fertility testing results sooner than these recommendations if they are experiencing any of the following.
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Known reproductive issues, such as pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis or PCOS
- A history of recurrent miscarriage
- Previous ectopic pregnancy
- Potential male fertility concerns, such as erectile dysfunction or ejaculatory problems
Understanding how fertility testing works
When you visit USC Fertility, your doctor will order a complete battery of fertility tests, including blood work, a physical exam, an ultrasound and more in-depth options like a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) as warranted. Your partner will provide a sperm sample for a semen analysis, which looks for any abnormalities in the size, shape, number and motility of the sperm. These fertility testing results can offer important clues about why you have not gotten pregnant. Once your physician has the results, we will schedule a consultation to review the findings.
Moving forward after fertility testing results
Based on the results, your doctor will create a customized treatment plan. Infertility treatment may include lifestyle changes, fertility medication or surgery. Often, our patients benefit from modern reproductive technology options like intrauterine insemination (IUI), in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), and donor sperm or donor eggs.
If you and your partner have been trying to get pregnant without any luck, call our office to schedule an appointment. Our Los Angeles fertility center experts can perform a full assessment to pinpoint the causes of infertility. Then, your physician can explain your test results and work with you to determine the best treatment options to produce a successful pregnancy.