Unable to Conceive Evaluation
The evaluation of infertility begins with a history and physical exam for both partners.
The physical exam in someone with infertility is usually normal.
Testing is usually necessary to determine the underlying cause of infertility. The tests that are used to evaluate infertility in men are different from those used to evaluate infertility in women.
Unable to Conceive Female
A pelvic examination is performed in all women with infertility.
The monthly release of an egg from the ovary is called ovulation. The body temperature increases when a woman ovulates. Body temperature measurements may be used to detect ovulation.
Tests that may be used to evaluate infertility in women may include:
- Cervical mucus analysis
- Post coital testing (PCT):
- Examination of vaginal fluid after intercourse
- Blood hormone levels:
- Endometrial biopsy
- Urine luteinizing hormone:
- Helps predict time of ovulation
Additional tests that may be used to evaluate the structure of the female organs in those with infertility may include:
Unable to Conceive Male
Tests that may be used to evaluate infertility in males include:
- Semen analysis:
- Blood testosterone level
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