How To Decide if IVF Is Right For You?
Prior to undergoing In Vitro Fertilization, a number of diagnostic tests need to be performed in order to determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure.
For the male, we need a semen analysis to be done, which measures the count of the sperm, how the sperm are moving and how the sperm are shaped. It’s very important that these parameters are determined to be abnormal or normal so that we can be prepared as we go through the in vitro process.
For the female, an assessment of their egg quality is usually done on the third day of the menstrual cycle. At that time, we carry out an ultrasound which will allow me to count the number of eggs that are on each ovary and also I correlate that with an FSH level. FSH is follicle stimulating hormone, which is the hormone produced by the brain in order to develop the egg every month. As a woman gets closer to menopause, that level increases. We do a correlation of the egg count, which is called the anti-follicle count, along with the follicle stimulating hormone level, and this will allow me to assess where a woman is in their fertility status.