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If you’ve been trying to conceive for at least a year without success, your GP or other healthcare practitioner may refer you to a specialist facility, such as Aurora, for fertility screening tests.
Similar to fertility profiling, fertility screening describes a variety of tests which can be performed, to highlight any issues which may cause difficulty in conceiving.
Full Baseline Investigations of Both Partners
These particular fertility screening tests are performed over 1-2 menstrual cycles and include assessment of female ovulation using blood tests for Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), Luteinising Hormone (LH) and Progesterone, fallopian tube patency using ultrasound or x-ray and sperm function by two sperm tests performed six weeks apart. Women who do not have regular periods or ovulation will be need to have further blood tests.
Outpatient Tubal Patency Test (HYCOSY), Ovarian Reserve Tests
Checking the age and functionality of a woman's ovaries and fallopian tubes. Both tests are detailed in fertility profiling.
Ovulation Induction and Follicle Tracking
We induce ovulation in women who do not ovulate on their own using tablets (Clomid) or injections (Gonadotrophins). Women undergoing this treatment are closely monitored by fertility blood tests and ultrasound scans to ensure optimal response to stimulation.
Ovarian Drilling (for Polycycstic Ovary Syndrome)
We undertake laparoscope ovarian drilling for women with polycystic ovary syndrome who do not respond satisfactorily to Clomid/Gonadotrophins. We do this before or after gonadotrophin treatment, before considering In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF).
Donor insemination involves introducing washed donor sperm into the womb of women at the time of ovulation (either natural or induced). This treatment is beneficial for couples where for some reason the male partner does not have any sperm of his own.
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) with Partner Sperm
Injecting pre-prepared sperm into the uterus to faciliate conception.
In Vitro Fertilisation and Intra-cytoplasmic Sperm Injection
IVF has become one of the most high-profile forms of assisted conception, and may be recommended if a couple or individual doesn't respond to other infertility treatments. ICSI is a varitaion on the tradition process and is still an experiemental procedure. We offer two kinds of each procedure:
With donated gametes
With egg sharing
Surgical Sperm Retrieval
In cases of infertility where the problem lies with the male partner, surgical sperm retrieval may be a good option. We offer three forms of the process:
Epididymal sperm aspiration (PESA)
Testicular sperm extraction (TESE)
Surgical Sperm Retrieval (MICRO-TESE)
We provide a sperm and egg freezing service for clients who require this. This is beneficial for people that need to store their gametes for future use, for instance before undergoing treatment that has the potential to render them infertile.