Fertility Health Screening: Two is Better than One
Fertility Health Screening is not just about you, it’s about you and your partner’s health. If you and your partner have been trying to conceive without success, fertility health screening may be a good starting point of investigation to determine any underlying cause of infertility.
Having said that, any couple who are planning to conceive naturally can consider for a fertility health screening. Fertility health screening is also suited for women who are above the age of 35 and attempting to conceive for the first time, or women with menstrual issues such as irregular periods, painful menstrual cramps, and possible medical conditions that affect their fertility.
What do I expect during my Fertility Health Screening?
Fertility screening involves both the female and male partner. Each individual will have a separate medical review with their doctors on their possible medical and fertility issues. For females, this will be followed by a thorough physical examination of the female reproductive organ and a pelvic scan.
Investigations during fertility screen often include
- Hormonal blood tests
- Thyroid blood tests
- Infection screen blood test (including rubella, measles serology)
- Thalassemia screen blood test
- Pap smear (Female)
- Pelvic ultrasound (Female)
- Semen analysis (Male)
What is Semen Analysis
Semen analysis is to check the male partner’s sperm quantity and quality. It is a health procedure performed by collecting the semen sample from the male in the clinic via masturbation after 2 to 7 days of abstinence. The sample can be collected at home as well, provided the sample is sent to the lab within 1 hour of production.
Fertility Health Screening involves interpretation of health investigation results from each partner, and taking into account both male and female factors. Hereby, the doctor will assimilate all the results together to formulate management advice to aid couple planning pregnancy.