Tests for infertility usually start with simple tests for both partners. In addition to an interview and physical exams, your initial tests will check semen quality and both partners' hormone levels in the blood. Hormone imbalances can be a sign of ovulation problems or sperm production problems that can be treated.
If your initial test results show no cause of infertility, your doctor may recommend checking fallopian tube function. Depending on your age and other risk factors, you may then be offered further testing or you may begin treatment with superovulation, intrauterine insemination, or both.
Testing can be stressful, costly, and sometimes painful. You may need only a few tests. Or you may need many tests over months and years. You and your partner will need to decide about having infertility tests.
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