Prior to commencing In vitro fertilisation (IVF) it is important that a number of investigations are carried out to gain a clearer understanding of the patient’s situation and to devise a tailored treatment plan most appropriate for them.
Dr Andrew Davidson from City Fertility Centre Gold Coast said not all couples need to proceed to the IVF stage of treatment.
“Pending test results we may recommend the couple begins with a more conservative fertility management plan such as ovulation induction or artificial insemination cycles,” he said.
There are no specific tests that need to be carried out by a general practitioner prior to referring a patient to City Fertility Centre said Dr Davidson.
City Fertility Centre will undertake the following routine tests for all new female patients: HIV, Hepatitis B and C, Rubella, blood group, antibodies, pregnancy, a day 2 or 3 Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), Luteinsing Hormone (LH) and Estradiol (E2).
Other common tests include hysterosalpingogram (pelvic scan) and thyroid function test(TFT)/prolactin.
A useful test for confirming ovulation is a day 21 serum progesterone test. A basal temperature chart can also be informative if charted correctly over at least two months.
All new male patients of City Fertility Centre will receive the following routine tests: Hepatitis B and C, HIV and a semen analysis.
As a general rule, it is best to refer patients who are under 35 years old if they have been unsuccessful in trying to conceive for 12 months. For those who are over 35 years old we recommend they are referred if they have been unsuccessful after six months of trying to conceive.
City Fertility Centre regularly hosts free information seminars on all aspects of fertility for couples experiencing fertility issues. Bookings can be made by calling City Fertility Centre. Patients can also visit the centre’s informative website www.cityfertility.com.au.