Fertility testing at Viera Fertility Clinic includes both invasive and non-invasive procedures. Our medical professionals begin with many non-invasive fertility tests. This includes: semen evaluation, pelvic examinations, health and medical history, and pelvic ultrasounds. Other aspects of our fertility tests are blood tests, which evaluate hormone levels and screen for genetic conditions that may be limiting your ability to conceive. In addition, and only when necessary, our doctors may suggest surgical fertility therapies. We understand the hesitation that may present itself when considering surgery for fertility, and we want you to feel confident and informed in the decisions you make in your journey toward pregnancy.
Along your journey toward fertility, our doctors may suggest a deeper evaluation of the female’s reproductive organs. One way to accomplish this is through a minimally-invasive procedure called a hysteroscopy. During this surgical therapy, a small instrument with a telescope is inserted into the vagina, passes through the cervix and examines the uterus. You will be anesthetized during the hysteroscopy, but will most likely be able to go home later on in the day. This procedure lasts approximately 45 minutes and the doctors are looking for:
- The condition of your uterus including the size, shape, and uterine lining health.
- Any challenges or barriers in the uterus including scarring, polyps, cysts, or fibroid tumors.
- Biopsy samples to be removed for testing.
When non-invasive fertility testing is not providing you with clarity regarding fertility challenges, our doctors may suggest a minor surgery known as laparoscopy. During laparoscopy, a small incision is made in your belly. Then, a small tube with a camera is inserted into the incision to examine all your reproductive organs. The overall pelvic region is also examined and evaluated for optimal function. You will be anesthetized during the laparoscopy, but will typically be able to go home a few hours after the procedure. A laparoscopy can take up to an hour to perform, and our doctors are looking for:
- Conditions such as endometriosis that may interfere with conception.
- Adhesions or scarring that may need to be repaired.
- Cysts on the ovaries or fallopian tubes.
- Fibroids in the pelvis.
- Biopsy samples for testing.
Reversal of Tubal Sterilization
The fallopian tubes play an important role in conception. It is within the fallopian tube that the fertilized egg is transported to the uterus to be implanted. If your tubes have been disconnected or closed, a reversal of this procedure may be required to achieve conception. Our doctors speak with you regarding your past birth control surgical therapy to determine the best way to proceed with the reversal. For many women, the reversal procedure lasts approximately three hours, and you may be required to remain in the hospital for a day following the surgery. A conception plan is developed that will begin a few months following the procedure. For those who are not able to have a tubal sterilization reversal, our health professionals may speak with you about IVF as a way to conceive without using the fallopian tubes.
The medical staff at Viera Fertility Clinic have many tools in the toolbox to overcome fertility challenges. We begin with non-invasive fertility testing and an evaluation of your health history. Our medical team is here to help guide you through this process and all of our fertility testing recommendations, including surgical therapies at our fertility clinic, are given to help you achieve your conception goals. Let us provide hopeful, inspirational options to overcome your fertility challenges and support you along the way. For more information about our fertility testing, please contact Viera Fertility Clinic today at 321-751-4673.