Male and female infertility investigations
When your GP refers you to see one of our fertility specialists, either at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital or the Princess Royal Hospital, it is likely you will begin the process of infertility investigation and testing. This initial phase is vitally important to allow our fertility team to understand your particular needs and it will inform the most appropriate treatment routes.
When you have been referred by your GP you will be seen first of all by a specialist fertility nurse who will begin the process of developing a programme of infertility tests and initial investigations for you. There are several tests that the fertility nurse can utilise to understand your specific issues, depending on the individual, and these can include:
- Blood Tests
- Pelvic Ultrasound with Antral Follicle Count
- Fallopian Tube Checks
- Endometrial Receptivity Assay (ERA)
Male investigations are generally based on the assessment of the quality and production of adequate numbers of sperm. Several tests may be carried out to achieve this. More information about these tests is available on the following pages:
Men who have no sperm or very few sperm in the ejaculate may also have blood tests for Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and Testosterone performed.