Infertility tests are done to help find out why a woman cannot become pregnant. The tests help find whether the problem is with the man camera.gif, the woman camera.gif, or both. Tests usually include a physical exam, semen analysis, blood tests, and special procedures.
Should I be tested?
Before you have infertility tests, try fertility awareness methods to find the best time to become pregnant. A woman is most fertile during ovulation and 1 to 2 days before ovulation. Some couples find that they have been missing the most fertile days when trying to become pregnant. A woman should keep a record of her menstrual cycle and when she ovulates. This record will help your doctor if you decide to have infertility tests.
Consider infertility tests for you or your partner if:
- There is a physical problem, such as not being able to release sperm (ejaculate), not ovulating, or having irregular menstrual cycles.
- You are in your mid-30s or older, have not used birth control for 6 months, and have not been able to become pregnant.
- You are in your 20s or early 30s, have not used birth control for a year or more, and have not been able to become pregnant.
Where are infertility tests done?
Many infertility tests, including the physical exam, medical history, and blood tests, can be done in your doctor's office or clinic by an obstetrician or reproductive endocrinologist. Your internist or family medicine physician may do some of the first tests. Tests on a man may be done by a urologist. Some medical procedures are done in an operating room.