Evaluation of Female Infertility

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Other aspects of your health that need to be considered include:

  • Medical history – do you have a known genetic disorder, trouble with your hormones, or have you had infections of your reproductive tract (pelvic inflammatory disease)?
  • Medications – for example, are you taking any hormones?
  • Potential sexually transmitted diseases – have you been exposed to any STDs or had symptoms of genital inflammation, such as vaginal discharge, pain with urination, abdominal pain, or fever together?
  • Substance use – do you use or abuse any medications or drugs, including caffeine and cigarettes?
  • Surgical history – have you had surgery involving your bladder, uterus, Fallopian tubes, ovaries, cervix, or anything else in the area?
  • Toxin exposure – have you been exposed to chemical or radiologic toxins?

The doctor will do a physical examination to make sure that all your reproductive organs appear to be normal and that your hormonal status seems normal.

If necessary, the doctor will order tests to check for ovulation as previously mentioned. Other laboratory tests depend on what all of the above reveals. If there is a problem with ovulation, there are a number of hormonal tests that will be checked. There may be specific tests done on day 3 of your cycle to see if follicles seem to be developing. Some women may need ovulation to be stimulated with medication to see if their ovaries can develop follicles. Sometimes an ultrasound via the vagina can actually show developing follicles.

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If there does not seem to be another problem, or if your history suggests you might have scarring, the final test may be an evaluation of your reproductive tract to make sure there is no scarring and that there is a clear pathway for eggs and sperm. This is usually done by hysterosalpingogram, an x-ray test using dye. This can be followed if necessary by direct observation via laparoscopy, looking into the abdomen, or hysteroscopy, looking into the uterus.

After all of these tests have been done, the doctor will be able to tell you if he or she has found a cause for your infertility, and if so, what can be done to treat it.

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27 comments

  1. shaunda says:

    I currenting think i have this problem.

  2. joyce says:

    I couldn’t imagine having to go through this. it would be devastating to me.

  3. EbyMom says:

    If you find your self in this situation hope in God as you undergo medical examination. It could happen to anybody.both patners must stand with eachother in this process.Nothing is too hard for our God. It is well.

  4. Toshi89 says:

    C sections usually don’t keep u from getting pregnant but they can keep you from having natural birtg

  5. Marilyn says:

    This is sad. I feel bad for these people.

  6. monette3 says:

    My heart breaks for all who suffer with this! I’m glad that advances in medicine make it possible to seek help with this.

  7. Melissa says:

    It’s sad how so many deserving woman cannot conceive. My heart goes out to you :/ may God bless you with joyful news soon

  8. Lulu says:

    Some very true and excellent tips.

  9. DREA says:

    I am a victim of crime and was told for several years by my Dr.’s i would never be able to get pregnant . After trying for so many years and no results i gave up and told myself i guess there is no hope and that i was just unable to conceive. Well , i must say here i am 16 weeks pregnant and me and my baby are as healthy as and ox . I wanted to write this comment to tell ladies out there to never stop having hope like i did . Stay strong and it will eventually happen if God say’s its meant to be . Best wishes and Happy pregnancy to all !!! 😀

  10. DANIYAH says:

    i wish they find a cure for woman to be able to have kids without having to go thru all of this

  11. I’m very glad I haven’t had to deal with infertility. My heart goes out to those who have, though.

  12. Julie says:

    We thought that I may not have been fertile, turns out my uterus was a little tilted. We didn’t find that out until after I got pregnant though.

  13. sukismom says:

    I hope my previous c-section doesn’t give me problems in the future!

  14. Nella3137 says:

    Great and useable info

  15. Frederick says:

    thumbs up on the info

  16. evelyn says:

    didn’t know people went through this

  17. NiñaSolano says:

    wow! this process is incredible…

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