Screening and Diagnosis
If a couple has been trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant for over a year, it may be time to see a physician. To determine the best treatment option, we offer the latest tests and analysis outlined below.
A semen analysis measures both the quantity and quality of sperm released during ejaculation. Specifically the analysis looks to identify anything that may be abnormal like volume, consistency, concentration, number of immature sperm, and many other factors.
Hormone levels and reproduction
Hormones in the male body control sperm production. Testosterone and follicle-stimulating hormone are the most important types of hormones for reproduction. Blood work is usually used to measure and ensure proper levels. If indicated, your doctor may also check the level of other types of hormones.
Based on the results of semen analysis and hormone level testing, you may need further testing. Additional testing can be done to find out if your sperm are alive and healthy, if you have a any antibodies in your sperm or if you have any type of infection that may be affecting your semen.
If you have had all of the tests listed above, further testing may be done to indicate whether too many of your sperm have broken or fragile DNA, are moving the way they should, and do not have a broken outer layers.