The purpose of conducting an assessment is to investigate the reason behind your difficulty in conceiving. Once the assessment has been completed, our fertility specialist will discuss with you the available treatment options that can help you to conceive. Through the process of your fertility assessment, you will undergo a series of tests to evaluate your reproductive health. This includes:
- Medical History Review
Upon registration, you will be guided by our team of well-trained nurses. Our nurse will ask you several questions including – but not limited to – your medical history, your day to day lifestyle, previous reproductive experience, birth defects in your family, sexual history and more. Once the nurse has gathered enough information, she will then take you through the basic idea of infertility, the various treatments available and the state of the art technologies that our centre offer to patients.
- Semen Analysis
The male patient will have his sperm examined via a sperm analysis test. This will determine the health and viability of his sperm and the test determines the number, shape and motility of the sperm, among other factors. The report will take about two hours to be generated. Patients are advised to abstain from any form of sperm release for about three to four days before their appointment.
- Abdominal Scan & Pelvic Ultrasound Scan
An ultrasound will be performed on your lower abdomen which will give an overall view of your pelvic organs. A transvaginal ultrasound is then done to obtain a closer and clearer view of your uterine lining. This is done to see your potential number of eggs, identify scarring, fibroid or other factors that may keep a woman from conceiving or carrying a healthy pregnancy to term.
The procedure involves the insertion of the transducer into the vagina to produce incredibly detailed images of your reproductive organs in the pelvic region.
Depending on your condition, sometimes your doctor may require you to do a Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) to further evaluate your fallopian tubes, a Hysteroscopy or Laparoscopy.
- Blood tests
If deemed necessary, your doctor may order a blood test to measure a range of hormones including the thyroid, prolactin, FSH, LH, AMH, testosterone and other androgens (male hormones) for a female patient. Whereas blood tests for men will measure levels of male reproductive hormones.
Routinely, a common blood test on full blood count, liver function, kidney function, HIV I & II, sexually transmitted diseases will be conducted if you are embarking on an IVF journey.
You will then meet your doctor for the first time. He will have a discussion with you about your medical history, expectations that you have and during this time, take the opportunity to ask questions that you have prepared to fully benefit from this visit.
Based on the assessment reports, the doctor will then discuss with you the treatment options appropriate for you, weighing the pros and cons, advantages and disadvantages, benefits and risks and success rates for each option.
The consultation will typically last between 20 to 40 minutes or longer for more complex cases.
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