Lab tests common to the fertility diagnosis process
At Viera Fertility Center, we work to ensure that our patients understand the procedures and processes that are common to fertility treatment. And during the diagnostic process, you can expect a series laboratory tests designed to pinpoint the cause of infertility.
Blood testing is a critical part of the infertility evaluation and includes the following:
- Testing for ovarian reserve – An indirect estimation of the amount and quality of the remaining eggs. There are a number of tests used in combination to best assess the ovarian reserve including:
- Basal follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and Estradiol (E2) levels measured on day 3 of the menstrual cycle
- Antimullerian Hormone (AMH) measured on any day of the menstrual cycle and nicely reflects basal antral follicle count (AFC) measured by transvaginal ultrasound
- Testing for ovulation function – Blood progesterone levels are a good measure of ovulation function. Ovulation can also be predicted by a menstrual history, basal body temperature charting (BBT) and ovulation predictor kits.
- Testing for other hormones – Based on the medical history, addition hormone testing may include a blood thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and prolactin level as well as male hormone levels.
If you have questions about laboratory testing and the fertility process, please don’t hesitate the offices of your Melbourne IVF specialist Dr. Chamoun.