Fertility testing is the first stage in infertility treatment and is used to establish the problem that is preventing you from conceiving. There are a wide range of problems that could be causing your infertility, so you may need to go through several different tests before the problem is found.
Around half of infertility problems are down to just one partner, with a quarter down to a combination of both partners and a further quarter unexplained. You will both need fertility testing to establish where the problem lies.
You may be able to get fertility testing as part of your home country’s national health provision, and then use the results to plan infertility treatment abroad. The results of fertility testing will help your doctor to select the best treatment to overcome the problem.
The simplest, and cheapest, tests are often done first. These include:
If these fertility tests do not show up a problem, or your doctor suspects that there is something else going on, then you might need more extensive and expensive tests, including:
If the problem is still not understood, then further, more invasive, fertility tests may be required. These include:
Thorough fertility testing may easily find the cause of your underlying problem. However, in up to 25 % of cases, infertility remains unexplained.