Female Fertility Test Options at ReproMed
If you are worried or anxious about your current or future fertility, at ReproMed we have a range of female fertility tests available to help put your mind at ease. These fertility tests are carried out at our clinics throughout Ireland including Cork, Limerick, Kilkenny, Drogheda and Dublin.
When Should You Seek Advice from ReproMed?
- If you’re over 35, we would advise you to seek a consultation after six months of unprotected intercourse.
- If you’re under 35 and have been trying to conceive for 12 months or more.
- If you’ve had a miscarriage, for a review of your case.
Female fertility tests and treatments available at ReproMed
Two preliminary treatments we provide at ReproMed are follicle tracking and Ovulation Induction.
Follicle Tracking is used to help you conceive with as little intervention and as naturally as possible. Follicles are fluid-filled sacs, which develop on ovaries during the course of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Each fluid filled sac contains an egg. Ovulation occurs when a follicle ruptures and releases a mature egg which continues to travel down the fallopian tube.
Similar to Follicle Tracking, Ovulation Induction is where we monitor the progress of follicular development using transvaginal ultrasound scans. We also use medications to help promote the development of these follicles.
See here for more information on follicle tracking and ovulation induction.
At ReproMed we provide an extensive range of female fertility tests some of which include:
Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) Test
This is a crucial test which determines the level of the AMH hormone in the blood of a woman, reflecting the extent of the remaining egg supply or ‘ovarian reserve’. The Anti Mullerian Hormone level is an important piece of information to have for doctors of patients who are having IVF treatment as it tells them how likely you are to react to the different types of hormones that may be prescribed during the treatment.
Uterine & Tubal Assessment
There are several ways in which specialists assess the condition of a woman’s uterus and fallopian tubes. A transvaginal ultrasound scan allows us to look at the uterus and ovaries, assessing if they appear normal. Most women who attend ReproMed will have an ultrasound scan as part of their assessment and in some cases, our doctors may also recommend an SIS (Saline Infusion Sonogram) allowing us to assess the appearance of the lining of the uterine cavity to determine whether the fallopian tubes are open.
Female Hormone Blood Tests
There are several hormones that when not at the optimum levels can negatively affect female fertility. At ReproMed we routinely assess a number of hormones both before and during treatment cycles. Some of the blood tests you may see requested by the doctor are: Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH); Luteinising Hormone (LH); Progesterone; Oestradiol; Thyroid Stimulating Hormone and Prolactin, to name a few. We may be looking for signs that a patient has an under or over active thyroid, or may have signs of PCO, both of which can affect female fertility.
Antral Follicle Count Scan
The Antral Follicle Count scan can be used for diagnostic purposes or as part of ReproMed’s fertility treatment options. A trans-vaginal ultrasound scan indicates the number of follicles present as well as their size. Follicles which are over 18mm are considered to be mature. The scan also measures the thickness of the lining of the womb, which is called the endometrium.
See here for more information on anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) tests, uterine and tubal assessment, female hormone blood tests, and antral follicle count scan.
Female Fertility Tests are normally carried out over a 2 – 3 week period, depending on how quickly you would like to proceed. Once all the results are gathered the doctor will meet with you again to run through the treatment options which are most appropriate for you, after taking into account test results. With you, they will put in place a positive, progressive plan of action for your treatment.