How do I check my fertility?

Fertility testing usually involves blood tests and ultrasounds in women

Blood tests may be ordered to check and measure important hormones such as the follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH). These hormones are responsible for stimulating the growth of the follicle containing the egg. If you are having irregular periods or not at all, it may be because these hormones are low or very low.

Prolactin (PRL) is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland. During pregnancy, it plays an important role in preparing for and establishing breastfeeding. When PRL levels rise too high, it can indicate a small tumour in the pituitary gland or the use of medications that interfere with its production.

Thyrotropin (TSH), the thyroid gland produces TSH, which is a hormone that helps regulate the body’s metabolism. The level of TSH in your blood should be checked to see if the thyroid gland is underactive, which can be linked to irregular periods.

Androgens are usually referred to as the male sex hormones, although females also have them but at a lower level. Women with ovulation problems or who have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) may have elevated levels of androgens.


An ultrasound can provide your doctor with important information about the ovary. This can help determine if fertility drugs will be effective for you, or whether you need fertility injections to boost your estrogen levels. An ultrasound can also be used to diagnose and treat ovarian cysts, which can sometimes interfere with fertility drug treatment.

Diagnostic laparoscopy

Laparoscopy or also called keyhole surgery may be recommended if the ultrasound suggests a pelvic problem if you have a history of pelvic infection or if you are experiencing period pain or discomfort.

Typically, diagnosing male infertility problems involves a general physical examination and a medical history

This includes semen analysis and examination of the genitals as well as answering questions about genetic disorders, sexual habits, chronic health issues, illnesses, injuries, or surgeries that may influence fertility.

Once the first round of tests has been performed, your doctor might suggest more testing to assist and determine the reason for your infertility. Other tests might include, hormone testing, genetic test and a biopsy. At humm we have partnered with many fertility providers that can answer your fertility questions. You can secure your treatment now and pay later with regular, interest-free instalments.

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