Consultation & Investigations
At your initial appointment, the consultant will take a detailed medical history, discuss any relevant lifestyle issues that could affect your fertility, initiate welfare of the child assessment https://www.hfea.gov.uk/5473.html , take details of previous investigations, tests or treatments you have had, previous pregnancies and any children born to either partner.
There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions about the Unit and investigations and treatments we offer.
Further investigations will be booked at this stage and you will be encouraged to read information on-line about possible treatments before a follow up appointment.
A follow up appointment will be booked approximately 4 weeks later at which the consultant with go through all of your test results and discuss the best treatment option for you.
Your baseline investigations will be booked at the initial consultation. These investigations will include blood tests for both partners, and an ultrasound scan for the female partner.
The blood tests may include Anti-Mullerian Hormone if having some form of IVF is anticipated. Very low levels of this hormone (<1) suggest that either you will fail to respond to the drugs we use, or the treatment would probably fail, as this Unit has not been able to achieve a successful pregnancy in any patient in whom the AMH levels are <1.
An ultrasound scan may be used to assess the number of follicles starting to grow in your ovary on day 2-5 of your cycle and is referred to as an antral follicle count, or between day 7-12, referred to as a pelvic ultrasound scan, which will also provide information about polyps within your uterus, cysts in your ovaries or fluid within your fallopian tubes, which may need to be removed prior to treatment as they may affect the chances of success.
Both partners will be screened for evidence of previous exposure to HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and chlamydia carrier status. For more information regarding viral screening, please discuss with your consultant or visit the HFEA website. www.hfea.gov.uk
Where applicable, the male partner will be booked into the clinic for a more detailed semen evaluation.
Some of the above investigations carry a further charge, please see Fees for more information or contact one of our office administrators for further details.
Please note; all treatment and investigations are carried out on an individual basis therefore you may require further tests or investigations that are not outlined above. The consultant will discuss these with you in more detail at your appointment.
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