What Fertility Tests Can Your GP Do?

If you’re thinking about trying to conceive, you may be wondering what tests your GP can do to make sure your fertility is on the right track. In this article, you’ll learn about Endometrial biopsy, Pap smear, and FSH testing, and what you need to know before your appointment. Your GP may also do a couple of other procedures as well. Hopefully, this article will answer most of your questions.

Endometrial biopsy

An endometrial biopsy is one of the fertility tests your doctor can do to determine if you have an unhealthful lining in your uterus. It is a natural and renewable layer of tissue that develops during a woman’s luteal phase and sheds off during her period. Embryos implant in this layer when the lining is healthy, and it also regulates reproductive hormone levels.

Laparoscopy

A laparoscopy is a surgical procedure that looks at the organs inside the abdomen. The camera is surgically inserted through the navel. This test can reveal any abnormalities or adhesions on the organs. Semen analysis is the most common male fertility test. It checks for issues with sperm production or other signs of infertility. Often, a laparoscopy is the last test your doctor will perform.

Pap smear

The Pap smear is similar to the one that is performed during pregnancy. You’ll lie on your back, with your knees raised. Your practitioner will insert a metal or plastic speculum into your vagina and remove cells with a swab. After they remove the cells, the practitioner will send them to a laboratory for analysis and culture. If you feel pain during the procedure, don’t worry – it’s perfectly normal.

FSH test

There are many different reasons why your doctor will order an FSH test for your child. It can be done for fertility, to rule out a pituitary disorder, or to make sure your child is not entering puberty too early. There are several different types of FSH tests, including urine tests. Fortunately, there are now FDA-approved tests for these hormones. While they aren’t as accurate as blood tests, they can be helpful in determining what your child needs to know.

Semen analysis

Semen analysis is one of the fertility tests your GP can do. This test looks at the number of sperm in a sample, their shape, and movement. The higher the number of normal-shaped sperm, the higher the likelihood of natural conception. Semen analysis does not tell the entire story. Many men with low sperm count also have abnormal semen. However, as much as 15% of infertile men have normal semen, two normal tests usually indicate no significant problems.