WHICH BLOOD TESTS ARE COMPULSORY PRIOR TO IUI/IVF TREATMENT?
HIV 1 and 2, HbsAg, anti HBc, anti HCV and in some cases HTLV and MRSA (although this is not a blood test).
DO YOU RECOMMEND TAKING OTHER TESTS?
In addition to the compulsory blood tests for HIV and hepatitis, we also recommend: Chlamydia, rubella and the cervical screening test (smear). We also recommend AMH, FSH, TSH and TPR, which are all hormone tests.
ARE HORMONE TESTS COMPULSORY?
Hormone tests are not compulsory, but we recommend that you take hormone tests so that we can give you better advice as to which treatment type is best for you.
WHAT ARE HSU/HSG TESTS?
Hystero-Sonografic Examination (HSU) and Hysterosalpingography (HSG) tests indicate whether or not your fallopian tubes are open and thus whether there is chance of pregnancy occurring. If the fallopian tubes are closed, then you cannot become pregnant through intercourse or IUI, only IVF.
A HSU test is performed using a saline solution and an ultrasound scan.
A HSG test is performed using a contrast fluid and an X-ray.
WHAT IS AMH?
AMH (Anti-Müllerian Hormone) is a blood test that indicates the size of your egg reserve. A low AMH indicates a low egg reserve and thus a lower chance of pregnancy.
WHAT IS FSH?
FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone) is a hormone that is decisive for whether follicles will develop in the ovaries. A high FSH is a sign that your hormones are unbalanced. We can correct this by stimulating them with medication hormones. This blood test must be taken between days three and five of your menstrual cycle.
WHY DO I NEED TO TAKE THYROID STIMULATING HORMONE (TSH)?
Studies of fertility patients have indicated that a low TSH hormone level (metabolic hormone) leads to a lower chance of pregnancy.
WHAT IS AFC?
Antral Follicle Count, or AFC, is the number of unripe follicles in the ovaries. The number of follicles is counted using an ultrasound scan which must be taken at the start of your menstrual cycle. Together with the AMH value, the antral follicles indicate whether or not you are about to reach menopause.