If you and your partner intend to have a baby and have been trying for long without any successful results, it is high time you get an infertility test done. There are a lot of taboos related to infertility and most of the people avoid talking about the topic, let alone seek help. Some even rule the possibility of being infertile without even going for proper evaluation and screening. We, at Zeeva, understand your concerns and this is the reason why we adhere to strict benchmarks when it comes to patient privacy and confidentiality. So if you are wondering if you should consider a Fertility test, give a break to your thoughts and consult our experts.
Fertility test is a blanket term used for a series of tests that are performed to assess a person's Fertility and also to find a fertile window in case of women. The test is usually prescribed when you are not able to conceive even after a year of regular unprotected sex. If the female partner is more than 35 years of age then the time limit is reduced to half, i.e. 6 months. Studies have shown that nearly 80 per cent of the couples, where the female partner is less than 40 years of age, are able to conceive naturally within a year of regular unprotected sex, which means having sex every two to three days without using contraception.
It is pertinent to note that not being able to get pregnant in the first year may not always mean that you have some Fertility problem. Some couples may even conceive in the second year. If you are young and healthy and haven't been trying for a baby for long, doctors may recommend you to try a bit longer. However, you should definitely opt for Fertility testing if:
It is highly recommended that both the partners go to see a doctor together. The test starts with an interactive session with the doctor where he/she may ask certain questions about your general lifestyle and medical history, i.e.
This is followed by questions about your sex life, such as:
Since the reproductive mechanisms of both the partners are completely different, there are distinct sets of Fertility tests for males and females. The question and answer session is followed by proper physical evaluation, BMI calculation and appropriate tests, which include:
1. Unexplained infertility
2. Age (above 35 years)
3. Family history of premature menopause
4. History of reproductive surgery
5. History of chemotherapy
Semen analysis- This involves the collection of the semen sample, which can be provided by ejaculating in a special container, and examining it in a laboratory to determine any abnormality in the morphology and motility of the sperms as well as to detect any infections. Since the sperm count can vary from specimen to specimen, the test may be repeated several times for precise results. Typically, a good semen analysis from a good andrology lab is sufficient to evaluate male Fertility along with confirming no problems in intercourse, however, in case of an abnormality in any of these the below mentioned tests may be recommended to you by the doctor.