What diagnostic tests are done for infertility?
Standard testing done by our fertility specialists includes a semen analysis to assess the number and quality of the sperm and a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) to evaluate the uterine cavity and document that the fallopian tubes are open. The HSG is performed in the X-ray department by injecting X-ray dye through the cervix while observing on a TV monitor.
Additional tests may be recommended by fertility specialists based on the individual patients’ history, physical examination and the results of previous testing. These may include bloodwork for hormone levels, ultrasound of the uterus and ovaries or laparoscopy. Laparoscopy is an outpatient procedure which involves placing a thin scope through the navel to diagnose and treat conditions such as endometriosis, pelvic adhesions (scar tissue), fibroid tumors and tubal disease.