Fast Track your Fertility needs
Not sure about your Fertility Status? We offer a series of packages to reflect your personal circumstances.
There is no need for a GP referral
Simply call us and we can arrange the test immediately.
Each package offers a series of simple yet thorough tests which can highlight any problems which might affect your Fertility, a full review will follow each package with our Fertility Specialist to discuss the outcomes of the fertility tests and recommendations for the appropriate next steps in your individual circumstances.
Booking a fertility assessment package
Whether you are investigating your fertility status independently or as a couple we will arrange a time when you can come in for an appointment to have all the necessary tests done. A follow up appointment will be arranged at which we can discuss your results. The whole programme therefore requires just two appointments with all the tests carried out on site and can often be arranged at a time convenient to you.
First Appointment – (female only) You can call (01245 241 231) to make an appointment for your AMH blood test to be carried out. We are usually able to offer this from 8.00am most mornings.
Second Appointment – (both partners to attend). A second appointment will be arranged for the consultation with our Fertility Specialist around 7-10 days later.
During this appointment the fertility Specialist will perform an ultrasound scan. This is an internal scan in order for your reproductive organs to be properly examined, which can be performed on any day of your menstrual cycle even if you are bleeding. The scan will assess your uterus to check for any abnormalities, and look at your ovaries to determine the number of antral follicles. This coupled with the AMH results gives an accurate measure of your fertility and your likely response to any fertility medication.
The semen analysis can be carried out at either the first or second appointment. If it is at the second appointment, you will be asked to attend one hour prior to your appointment in order for the sample to be produced on site and analysed.
The fertility specialist will then sit with you and guide you through all your results. He will be able to give you an accurate assessment of your fertility and explain the options available to you.
Fertility Assessment Packages
|AMH Blood Test||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Ultrasound Examination and Antral Follicle Count||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Full review of Medical & Reproductive History||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Comprehensive Semen Analysis||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|Consultation with Fertility Specialist||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Results discussed with Nurse Specialist||No||No||Yes||No|
|Results discussed with Clinical Scientist||No||No||No||Yes|
Ovarian assessment and AMH
This helps us to decide the best option of fertility treatment for you. A blood test is taken and analysed for Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH), which helps us to assess your potential reaction to stimulating drugs, and predict how many eggs we might be able to collect. This assessment also includes a trans-vaginal ultrasound, done at any stage of your menstrual cycle which enables us to look closely and identify:
- The volume of your ovaries – Ovaries tend to decrease in size in the time before the menopause. Smaller ovaries are linked with a poor response to IVF stimulation drugs.
- Your Antral Follicle Count – This test is a good predictor of how your ovaries will respond to the stimulation drugs. It can give us a good idea of how many eggs might be collected, although the count can vary between your cycles.
The hormone AMH is produced by the supporting cells around the eggs in the ovary and is the best single indicator of responses to fertility drugs. As you age and the number of eggs in your ovaries falls, we see a decrease in the level of AMH in your blood. Measuring it is a good way to get an indication of your ovarian reserve (link to A-Z) and AMH levels fall rapidly after the age of about 40. The levels of AMH in the blood don’t change across your cycle, so we can do this test on any day.
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If you’re providing sperm for any kind of fertility treatment, a sample will be analysed first. If you’ve had a recent assessment elsewhere, our embryologists will look at the results and decide whether another should be done. Fertility can change, even if you have already fathered a child. This may be due to illness, a change in lifestyle or age.
The reason you’re asked to provide a semen sample could be any of the following:
- Assessing the likelihood of achieving a pregnancy with your partner.
- Diagnosing a sperm problem that means you may need medical help to achieve a pregnancy.
- Determining which treatment is the most appropriate for you and your partner.
- For storing semen, whether as a back-up for treatment, for preserving your fertility, or before a vasectomy.
All our semen analyses are performed using World Health Organisation (2010) Guidelines. We assess:
- Sperm count – how many sperm are present in each millilitre of semen
- Motility – how well the sperm are moving
- Morphology – how many sperm are of normal size and shape
- The sample’s volume and pH.
Causes of Infertility
There are many reasons why you might not be achieving a pregnancy and these can be contributed either by the male, the female or in some cases both partners.
There are many factors that cause infertility such as male factor, ovulatory disorders and blocked fallopian tubes. In 18-20% there may be no cause detected which is characterised as “unexplained infertility”. It must be remembered however, that the greatest contribution to fertility decline is increasing age.
Our aim is to provide the most cost effective packages offering fast access to your Fertility Status. We offer a complete range of infertility investigations for those trying to conceive or indeed just wanting reassurance about their Fertility status. Our aim is to find a possible cause of your infertility in the most cost effective way using the most up to date tests undertaken by our Fertility Specialists.