The Doctors TV Show spoke about What To Do If It Happens To You, and one of the topics they covered was Fertility Tests. Mario and Megan are a couple who have had difficulty getting pregnant, and so The Drs sent them to see Dr John K Jain, a Reproductive Endocrinologist.
The Drs TV Show: Infertility Tests
1. History & Health – he asks questions to see if there are any obvious reasons for infertility. Some questions he asks includes do you have irregular periods? Do you smoke? Does infertility run in either the woman or man’s families?
2. Blood Test – Dr Jain does a blood test to check the thyroid and to check for Testosterone levels which help identify if the woman ovulates or not.
3. Semen Analysis – he also does a semen analysis on the man to check the count, motility and shape of the sperm.
4. Check Fallopian Tubes – he next does an ultrasound to check if the Fallopian Tubes are open.
5. Check For Healthy Eggs
Dr Jain said that between the blood test, the ultrasound and the semen analysis, he should get some insight into why they are having trouble getting pregnant.
The Doctors: Fertility Tests
Dr Lisa Masterson said that they can do lots of tests to check your fertility and for hormonal issues. Megan said that the ultrasound was a little bit uncomfortable, but she liked how Dr Jain explained what were the ovaries and the Fallopian Tubes. Dr Lisa said that she was happy that Mario did a Semen Analysis, because that shows he is a responsible guy. The results were that Mario’s semen was good. But for Megan, they saw on the ultrasound that she had little cysts around her ovaries that put out irregular hormones that can cause irregular periods. Most likely, Megan has PCOS or Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrome. The Infertility Treatment for PCOS is to take an ovulation inducing medication, but Dr Lisa also said that you need to get on a good exercise regimen and live a healthy lifestyle – without smoking. PCOS is very common and treatable, so the best thing to do is to follow your doctor’s advice and relax as much as possible, because stress will only interfere.