At a fertility clinic, couples can undergo a series of diagnostic tests to determine the cause of infertility. From there, the doctor can implement a fertility treatment that will best help the couple conceive a child.
Treatment at a fertility clinic begins with assessing both the male and female to determine the cause of infertility. For the male, this includes testing the semen to check for any irregularities in quality, quantity, and viability. Examining the semen helps to determine if there is any dysfunction from the male\’s part. For instance, some men will have low ejaculatory volume or little to no sperm found in the semen. If the doctor does not find any of these problems upon initially examining the semen, a function test called a strict morphology can help predict the man\’s fertility by closely examining the shape of each individual sperm. While a number of sperm will have some abnormalities, some men will have a lower percentage of viable sperm, which can affect fertilization efforts. If it is determined that the male is the factor in the couple\’s infertility, there are both surgical and non-surgical procedures that can help alleviate some of these problems. Typically, lifestyle changes are the best way to improve both the volume and viability of sperm. Obesity and fitness are big factors in infertility, and many times the doctor will recommend a thorough regimen of improved diet and exercise to help with increasing fertility.
Women may have to undergo more diagnostic tests to help determine the cause of infertility. Tube blockage, ovulation, implantation, and low hormonal levels are all causes of infertility in women, and there are tests to help pinpoint which of these factors is the cause. In fact, many women with recurring miscarriages will visit a fertility clinic to help determine if there is a treatable cause for the difficulty in carrying a pregnancy to term. While visiting a general practitioner or gynecologist can help identify some of these issues, the staff at a fertility clinic is specially trained in carrying out many of these diagnostic tests. The clinic will also carry out genetic testing of both the male and female to help determine if there is a genetic cause to the couple\’s inability to conceive.
Simply because a couple may have trouble conceiving a child on their own does not mean they can never have children on their own. Fertility clinics are equipped to both help determine the cause of infertility and come up with a solution to help the couple conceive.