Infertility tests

Once your GP has carried out a physical examination the next step is to refer you for tests. This applies to both the man and the woman.

There are a range of tests available which can range from tests that you can do yourself at home through to invasive tests carried out at a clinic or hospital.

Tests that you do at home will require you to collect samples that are then sent off for testing.

Tests carried out in a medical environment involve specialist ultrasounds and x-rays, endometrial biopsy and laparoscopy.

There tests which include both the man and woman and others which are gender specific. One test which is carried out on both sexes is a hormone test. This is usually a simple blood test and in the case of women, is performed on day 21 of their monthly cycle.

Another test is that for Chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease that can lead to infertility if left untreated.

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