Infertility Assessment Panel
Male and Female Infertility Panel at
Birla Fertility & IVF
Infertility is a complex condition that is estimated to impact nearly 15% of couples actively trying to conceive around the world. Fortunately advances in the field of Assisted Reproductive Technology have made it possible to overcome almost all types of infertility issues in both men and women.
At Birla Fertility & IVF we offer a comprehensive male and female infertility assessment panel to help you understand your fertility and ability to conceive. Our thorough fertility evaluation and patient focused treatment approach allows for better diagnostic decisions, personalised protocols, and an enhanced treatment experience.
Why Consult an Infertility Panel?
The infertility panel is recommended for couples experiencing pregnancy delay for over 1 year. However, if the age of the female partner is over 35 years, the infertility assessment panel is recommended after 6
months of trying. Couples with a history of conditions known to impact fertility like endometriosis, ovulation disorders or have undergone treatments for cancer must also take this assessment to understand their fertility. As problems with fertility can be present in both men and women, it is important that both partners undergo a fertility assessment if they are having trouble in becoming pregnant.
Infertility Panel Assessment
Assessment of female infertility is more detailed as it is designed to test for a range of factors which can impact the ability to become pregnant or carry the pregnancy to term.
Male factor infertility is estimated to be responsible for nearly half of all infertility issues. It is assessed based on a complete physical check-up and the detailed medical history of the patient.
Blood samples are tested for hormone levels which indicate the patient’s ovarian reserve – a measure of egg count and egg quality. It is one of the most significant indicative factors of female fertility and is known to deplete with age.
The blood sample is tested for thyroid function, blood sugar, abnormal hormone levels which can impact fertility as well as certain genetic conditions that can be passed on to the baby from the maternal side.
The pelvic ultrasound is a transvaginal ultrasound performed to assess the Antral follicle count (number of egg-containing follicles in the ovaries), uterine shape, endometrial lining, tubal patency (if the fallopian tubes are open and healthy) and to detect any abnormalities like cysts or fibroids.
Genetic screening is recommended for women if they have a family history of certain genetic disorders which can be passed on to the child or may be interfering with fertility and increases the risk of premature ovarian failure like fragile X syndrome. It includes tests like peripheral karyotyping and tests for single gene disorders.
Semen Analysis is the primary test for infertility in men. It involves analysing the semen sample under a microscope to assess the quality and quantity of sperm in the fluid as well as the quantity of semen released during ejaculation. Advanced imaging tests and testicular tissue biopsy may be recommended in case of irregularities in the semen analysis.
The blood sample is tested for thyroid function, blood sugar, abnormal hormone levels that can impact fertility as well as indications of certain genetic conditions that can be passed on to the baby from the paternal side.
Genetic Screening is recommended for patients with a family history of certain genetic disorders or with abnormal sperm count. This includes Y chromosome microdeletions, peripheral karyotyping and CFTR gene mutation.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long should couples try to get pregnant before seeing a doctor?
Medical experts recommend trying to conceive for atleast one year before a fertility consultation for women younger than 35 years of age. For women over the age of 35 years, fertility consultation is recommended if pregnancy does not occur after 6 months of trying. In case of any health problems that indicate infertility like irregular periods or endometriosis, it is advisable to seek help before trying to become pregnant.
Can smoking cause infertility in men?
Smoking and consumption of other forms of tobacco is known to cause fertility problems in both men and women. Smoking can result in lower sperm count and poor sperm motility.
What are the common causes of infertility in men?
Common causes of male fertility include genetic defects, health problems (such as diabetes or STIs), varicoceles (enlarged veins in the testicles), sexual disorders (erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation), overexposure to certain environmental factors such as radiation or chemicals, cigarette smoking, alcohol, certain medications, frequent exposure to heat as well as cancer or cancer treatment.
What can cause infertility in women?
Female infertility can be the result of advanced maternal age (over the age of 35), ovulation disorders that affect the normal release of eggs from the ovaries, uterine or cervical abnormalities, fallopian tube blockage or damage, endometriosis, premature menopause, pelvic adhesion as well as certain types of cancer and cancer treatment.
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