Our Austin obgyns can help women start or add to their families by providing fertility testing
If you have been trying to conceive for one year, having unprotected intercourse regularly, our Austin obgyns suggest you make an appointment to discuss fertility testing options. Women who are age 35 or older may want to talk with us after six months of unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant. We also encourage women to visit us if they experience irregular periods or know that they have endometriosis or structural problems in the uterus or fallopian tubes.
Our Austin obgyns provide several options for fertility testing so you can know for sure if there is an obstacle to pregnancy.
Ovarian reserve testing
A woman’s ovarian reserve predicts the number of eggs remaining in a woman’s ovaries. A female is born with all the eggs she will ever have, and this supply diminishes throughout her lifetime, rapidly decreasing after age 35.
- One test measures follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), usually on Day 3 of the menstrual cycle. Our Austin obgyns may also test your levels of estradiol.
- Another very important test is the anti-müllerian hormone test. AMH is released by cells in ovarian follicles.
- An antral follicle count also measures ovarian reserve via a transvaginal ultrasound during the early part of a menstrual cycle. The ultrasound provides a view of developing follicles.
These tests provide our Austin obgyns with two very important pieces of data:
how many eggs are available for potential conception, as well as how the patient may respond to gonadotropin medications used to stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple eggs.
Our Austin obgyns may also recommend blood work to check for hormonal imbalances as part of fertility testing since these imbalances can lead to fertility problems.
Fertility tests for structural or physical abnormalities
Structural and physical problems such as blocked fallopian tubes, uterine septums or fibroids can cause fertility problems. Our Austin obgyns often perform or recommend fertility tests to check for and treat these issues.
Transvaginal ultrasound—this test helps us find abnormalities in the ovaries or the uterus such as cysts and fibroids.
Hysterosalpingogram (HSG)—an x-ray procedure with contrast, this test provides a way to investigate the uterine cavity as well as to determine if there is any blockage in the fallopian tubes.
Sonohysterography—during this transvaginal ultrasound, the uterus is filled with a saline solution that improves the visualization of endometrial fibroids and polyps.
Hysteroscopy and laparoscopy—these minimally invasive fertility testing methods are surgical diagnostic procedures that provide a way for the surgeon to view fibroids, adhesions and polyps in the uterine and/or pelvic cavity. If a problem is found during either procedure, it is possible to surgically correct it with surgical tools.
Patients who are worried about conceiving should talk to our Austin obgyns about fertility testing
Healthy moms and healthy babies make our Austin obgyns happy, and we know that is what you want, too. We can help you reach your goals for your family. Contact us today to learn more.