The Infertility work-up
A couples' fertility journey will usually start with a visit to the doctor, either a Reproductive Medicine specialist or an OBGYN. The doctor will ask to number of questions to try to figure out what is making conception so difficult, and likely will then begin a battery of tests. In medical lingo, we refer to these tests as a "work-up."
Please feel free to click on the names or images of these tests to learn more details about them.
Since half all infertility is caused by issues with male partner, it is crucially important to evaluate him as well, and the semen analysis is how this is done.
As women age, the numbers and quality of the remaining eggs diminish. For many years an FSH level drawn around day 3 of the cycle has been the gold standard to test for what we call ovarian reserve.
The progesterone level peaks about a week after ovulation and measurement of these levels can be used to evaluate ovulation.