Understanding an infertility diagnosis
For women and men having difficulty conceiving, a crucial step on their path to parenthood is an infertility diagnosis at our Austin fertility clinic. While it can be challenging to come to terms with this type of diagnosis, it can often lead to high-quality treatment that can help you reach your ultimate dream of taking home a healthy baby.
The components of an infertility diagnosis
The fertility specialists at our Austin fertility clinic understand how overwhelming the thought of an infertility diagnosis can be. Our goal is to help hopeful parents understand what is involved in this important step of the fertility treatment process.
Our first priority is ensuring women and men facing fertility challenges receive the right diagnosis. Our fertility specialists perform comprehensive fertility evaluations for hopeful parents and take great care in analyzing the results of the following tests.
Fertility blood tests. An important aspect of infertility evaluations is blood work. This testing allows us to assess a hopeful mother’s ovarian reserve and other hormone levels. These tests may include anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH), estradiol, prolactin, follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). For hopeful fathers who have sperm issues, a blood test may be recommended to measure levels of testosterone and other hormones.
Preconception genetic testing. Genetic screening is another tool that helps us reach the right infertility diagnosis. This screening helps us determine whether the hopeful parents have inheritable genetic conditions. If both hopeful parents are carriers of the same dis-ease, we recommend preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) with IVF to ensure that we only transfer healthy embryos.
Female fertility evaluation. Beyond blood work and genetic testing, hopeful mothers will also undergo a transvaginal ultrasound, which helps our fertility specialists determine whether she has uterine abnormalities. In addition, this ultrasound helps us assess her ovaries.
Male infertility evaluation. A semen analysis is necessary to make the correct infertility diagnosis for hopeful fathers. This analysis enables us to determine the count, movement and shape of the sperm.
After determining the correct diagnosis, our fertility specialists work closely with hopeful parents to create a customized treatment plan. Common fertility treatments include ovulation induction, intrauterine insemination (IUI), in vitro fertilization (IVF), intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and egg or sperm donation.
We pride ourselves on offering state-of-the-art, customized care for hopeful parents, and we are here to answer any questions about an infertility diagnosis.
The next steps after an infertility diagnosis
If you are experiencing trouble conceiving, you should reach out about getting an infertility diagnosis. We encourage you to reach out to our compassionate staff who will help you set up a con-sultation with a fertility specialist at our Austin fertility clinic. This consult will help you gain a comprehensive understanding of how we can help you develop a healthy pregnancy.
Contact us to learn more about an infertility diagnosis.