Diagnostic Tests for Males & Females

The tests for fertility that may be carried out usually fall into three main categories:

  • Structural/Physical – Blockages, obstructions and inflammation or disease
  • Hormone imbalances – Changes in FSH/LH, testosterone, prolactin and thyroid levels
  • Sperm Abnormalities – Sperm morphology/motility, ability to fertilise ovum, and DNA anomalies

Tests for Males

  •     Prostate Examination
  •     Ultrasound scan
  •     Testicular Biopsy
  •     Hormone imbalances
  •     Sperm abnormalities
  • Separation test (Swim Test)
  • Computer Sperm Motility Test
  • Antibody Testing
  • Sperm Culture
  • Fructose Measurement
  • Split Ejaculate Test
  • Hamster Test (rarely used these days)
  • Human Zona Penetration Test /Attachment Test
  • Karyotype (Chromosome) Test
  • Detailed Semen Analysis
  • Liquefaction / Viscosity      
  • pH
  • Debris
  • Agglutination
  • Antisperm antibodies
  • Other cells
  • DNA Fragmentation

Tests for Females

  •   Ultrasound scan
  •   Hysterosalpingogram (HSG)
  •   Hysterosalpingo-Sonography (HyCoSy)
  •   Laparoscopy
  •   Hysteroscopy
  •   Endometrial Biopsy
  •   Autoimmune Testing 

Preparatory Tests for IVF/ICSI 

  •   Rubella
  •   Hepatitis B and C
  •   HIV
  •   Ovarian Reserve Testing
  •   Full Blood Count (FBC)
  •   STI tests (to check for Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea and Syphilis
  •   CMV – status testing
  •   Ultrasound scan 

 

FERTILITY & MATERNITY CARE FROM SARAH VILENSKY, REFLEXOLOGY 4 PREGNANCY