Granted, whilst there are plenty of fertility clinics which have sprung up in recent years (hundreds in London alone), you still have to find the one that is just right for your needs. Not all fertility clinics are the same, after all – some specialise in different areas, whilst others prefer patients of a certain age, specific diagnoses, and so on. But once you have found the fertility clinic that seems ideal, the next steps all have to do with assessment. You will undergo a series of tests, and in this regard, it always pays to know what to expect.
What you should do
In your fertility clinic consultations, make it a point to ask as many questions as you can. If you have any concerns, now is the time to broach them. But even before you go for your consultations, you should already have the right frame of mind. Think things through and be aware of the potential difficulties you may have to face.
The tests for women
Another typical test would be an ultrasound of your ovaries and uterus, various blood tests to determine if you are in your ovulation period, and tracking of your follicles. This tracking test will determine if your eggs are growing or developing.
There is also an X-ray called a Hysterosalpingogram which is aimed at checking the fallopian tubes. A tubal blockage test with the use of a laparoscope will also be performed to determine if there is any blockage. Another test is a Hysteroscopy, where a camera and telescope are used in order to check the uterus for polyps or fibroids. In some cases, tissue samples may also be taken from the woman’s endometrial lining for further assessment.
The tests for men
The tests for men in a fertility clinic may understandably be fewer than those given to women. For one, men will be given an analysis of their semen in order to check the number of sperm as well as their quality. Another test is a test for sperm antibodies, which is used to assess the presence of molecules of protein which may hamper the sperm from successfully fertilising the egg.
Other tests may include tests for screening on conditions such as HIV 1 or 2 and Hepatitis B and C. As you may already have noticed, there are many tests and procedures when you decide to undergo fertility treatment at any London fertility clinic – but if you are well prepared and have the right frame of mind, these tests should all be seen as part of your ultimate goal.
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