Every patient of Dr. Laurence A. Jacobs undergoes a complete fertility assessment and recommended diagnostic testing before a customized treatment plan is designed and implemented. The protocol of a fertility assessment begins with the compilation of a thorough medical history from every patient and their partner – male and female.
Accurate Infertility Diagnosis
An accurate diagnosis also helps patients cope with the realization that they are going to have to undergo the physical and financial stress of IVF.
As reported by Yahoo Beauty in January of 2017, Dr. Jacobs describes how women typically try to conceive without reproductive aid for six months to two years before finally turning to IVF. For most of the Doctor's patients, IVF is not the easy way to go. It involves weeks of preparation, followed by two weeks of shots and bloating and swelling, followed by egg retrieval which can be uncomfortable afterward, and stress level is very high, opines the Infertility Doctor.
Critical inquiry will entail:
- Age and overall health – including weight and lifestyle
- History of prior fertility treatments
- Irregular or absent menstrual periods
- Miscarriage history
- History of tubal disease, pelvic infection, including SDTs
- Endometriosis history
- Male factor infertility testing
Fertility Assessment and Types of Diagnostic Testing
One or more of the following testing procedures will be performed to arrive at a correct infertility diagnosis.
- Ovarian Reserve Assessment
- Ovulation Disorder
- Uterus and Fallopian Tube Evaluation
- Semen Analysis
- Preconception Genetic Screening
Ovarian Reserve Assessment
A female patient’s ovarian reserve of eggs is assessed to determine if her oocyte (egg) supply is diminishing.
Diagnostic tests performed on a woman’s cycle day 2, 3 or 4:
- Estrogen level
- FSH levels
- Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH)
- Vaginal Ultrasound (follicle count)
Proper ovulation function is checked through an ovulation predictor kit followed up by a blood test measuring Progesterone.
Complete endocrine evaluation assessing:
- Ovarian function
- Pituitary function
- Adrenal function
- Thyroid function
These tests determine why a woman is not ovulating regularly.
Screening for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is performed through:
- Measuring for androgens (male hormones)
- Fasting to check insulin and glucose levels
Uterus and Fallopian Tube Evaluation
The condition of the uterus and Fallopian tubes will be evaluated through:
- Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) – Xray
- Saline Sonogram (SIS) – Ultrasound
Testing for male-factor infertility begins with a semen sample analysis. A semen analysis reveals the quantity, quality and efficiency of sperm function. A computer assisted semen analysis is a simple – yet sophisticated – diagnostic test used to detect the cause of a man’s infertility.
The Infertility Doctor
Dr. Laurence Jacobs wants to help you to achieve your dream of having a baby through cutting-edge Assisted Reproduction Technology (ART). The Infertility Doctor has recently opened an office in beautiful Hoffman Estates. Click the icon below to schedule your consultation with Dr. Laurence Jacobs – or – call 888.325.7389.