Female Fertility Testing Is an Important First Step
When a woman is having trouble getting pregnant, the team at our Tulsa fertility clinic begins her fertility evaluation with a physical examination. We also take a thorough medical history. All of these steps provide valuable information, but we also need to do female fertility testing to properly assess a woman’s fertility. We tailor our testing to each woman because everyone has different issues and different needs.
Basic fertility tests for a fertility evaluation
In almost every case, our team begins their diagnostic process with certain basic fertility tests.
- Ovarian reserve testing, which provides information about a woman’s egg supply
- Hormone testing, in which we check the levels of follicle-stimulating hormones (FSH), prolactin, anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH), thyroid-stimulating hormones (TSH), luteinizing hormone (LH) and other hormones
- Transvaginal ultrasound
Procedures help our team dig deeper
The team at our Tulsa fertility clinic performs a variety of non-surgical procedures as part of female fertility testing.
If our fertility doctors suspect physical abnormalities, they may recommend a hysterosalpingogram (HSG). Basically, this test is an X-ray with dye that shows our physicians the uterine cavity and fallopian tubes. The provider injects dye into the uterus through a catheter inside the cervical canal. The dye moves through the fallopian tubes and uterus, providing detailed images.
Some women need a sonohysterogram to help detect endometrial fibroids and polyps or other intrauterine issues. During this transvaginal ultrasound, our team slowly adds a sterile saline solution to the uterus through a small catheter.
Women who repeatedly experience implantation failure may also need an endometrial biopsy as part of their female fertility testing.
Our surgeons sometimes perform minimally invasive surgical evaluations
When a woman’s fertility evaluation indicates that there may be problems such as endometriosis, uterine abnormalities, pelvic adhesions, polyps or fibroids, she may need a surgical evaluation. There are two types of surgical fertility evaluation, and both are minimally invasive.
- Hysteroscopy, in which our physician inserts a lighted instrument called a hysteroscope through the cervix into the uterus to view the uterine cavity. Our physicians also perform hysteroscopies to treat problems that are contributing to infertility.
- Laparoscopy, in which our surgeon inserts a lighted instrument called a laparoscope through very small incisions in the abdomen into the pelvic cavity. Our physicians both diagnose and treat problems with this technique.
Minimally invasive surgeries provide several benefits over traditional surgery, including faster recovery time and fewer infections and complications.
The team at our Tulsa fertility clinic provides expert female fertility testing
Our physicians and staff have the knowledge and expertise to provide women with the fertility evaluation they need. We are here to help you fulfill your dreams of family. Contact us for an appointment.