We all hope it won’t happen to us, but the fact is that fertility problems happen to one in six couples. The fertility specialists at QFG are expert gynaecologists and obstetricians who have chosen to specialise in fertility issues, meaning that you have the best possible care and expertise to help you in your fertility journey.
What is your Fertility Specialist testing for?
Fertility is a complicated issue that can be affected by genetic, physiological and even emotional issues. Each case is individual and we tailor our approach to ensure the best possible care and results. Some of the more common conditions we see at QFG that impact fertility include:
If you are concerned about any of these factors, one of our Fertility Specialists can provide you with an assessment and treatment options. Call us on 1800 111 483 or email us with your questions today.
The first step of fertility testing is an initial consultation and then a physical exam. From there, QFG fertility specialists may carry out a number of tests to determine any issues:
A pelvic ultrasound checks the lining of your womb (endometrium) and identifies any conditions that may be affecting it, such as fibroids, polyps, or cysts. An ultrasound also tells us how large your ovaries are, about follicles, and how easy it will be to collect eggs from your ovaries for IVF treatment. It also gives us a baseline report to compare with later in your treatment.
Ovulation & Ovarian Reserve (AMH) tests
A test commonly incorporated into a woman's fertility assessment is a simple blood test to check for normal ovulation (producing an egg every month).
Our Fertility Specialists usually also recommend a simple blood test to measure levels of an ovarian reserve hormone called AMH. The test helps us estimate the number of eggs you still have in your ovaries. Read more about the ovarian reserve test...
Checking your fallopian tubes and uterus
Additional tests may be needed to check that your fallopian tubes are open (tubal patency), and the condition of your uterus and ovaries. These include:
- A Sonohysterogram or HyCoSy – a relatively non-invasive test, which involves an ultrasound and insertion of a tiny tube into the cervix so we can pass dye through the uterine cavity and tubes.
- Hysterosalpingogram – x-rays to confirm the fallopian tubes are open.
Diagnostic laparoscopy and hysteroscopy
These tests are quite invasive, so usually come last if we still need to know more.
A laparoscopy is performed under general anaesthetic, using a fibre-optic telescope (laparoscope) through a small incision in the umbilicus. A probe is used to view the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus and pelvic cavity for any abnormalities.
A hysteroscopy uses another fibre optic device to study the uterine cavity for polyps, fibroids, adhesions and any abnormal anatomy.
For more information about female fertility issues, visit our Patient Information Booklets page where you can browse through a number of informative booklets and download the PDF versions. These booklets have been designed to help you manage any pressures associated with fertility problems as well as better inform of you about the possible causes and treatments available.