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Infertility Causes and Testing

Our clinic helps patients learn more about infertility causes and testing

The knowledgeable team at our Illinois fertility clinic helps patients understand infertility causes and testing and receive the right infertility diagnosis. By learning more about their fertility health, patients can make more informed choices when building a family. This is especially helpful for patients struggling to conceive, as waiting too long to receive high-quality fertility support can make it more difficult to become pregnant.

With our comprehensive care, women and men can take the next step toward parenthood.

Infertility causes and testing connect to a variety of health issues

Numerous conditions can cause patients to experience fertility barriers when trying to have a baby. These conditions can relate to a person’s age, anatomical issues, hormone irregularities, sperm health and other factors.

Ovulatory disorders. Women with ovulation disorders, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), can have disruptions in reproductive hormone regulation.
Diminished ovarian reserve. Women 35 or older have an increased chance of having a lower quality and quantity of eggs.
Fallopian tube issues. Blockages in the fallopian tubes can prevent sperm from fertilizing the egg, or the fertilized egg from reaching the uterus. These issues can result from pelvic inflammatory disease, certain infections and various surgeries.
Endometriosis. Women with endometriosis might have endometrial tissue causing blockages in the fallopian tubes or challenges with a fertilized egg implanting in the uterus.
Sperm production and quality. Men with a low sperm count or diminished sperm quality might require fertility support.

Cancer treatments. Chemotherapy or radiation can affect fertility health in women and men.

Our Illinois fertility clinic works closely with patients to determine their infertility causes and testing that’s most beneficial for their unique needs.
In-depth fertility testing helps patients receive the right infertility diagnosis

After reviewing a patient’s medical records and learning more about their fertility history, the doctor will suggest some basic fertility tests. The tests the doctor recommends will depend on the patient’s unique circumstances and can help the patient receive an accurate infertility diagnosis.

Blood tests. Bloodwork allows the doctor to assess the patient’s reproductive hormones. These hormones affect functions such as ovulation in women and sperm production and sexual function in men.

Semen analysis. This test helps the doctor evaluate the quality and quantity of a man’s sperm.

Transvaginal ultrasound. Through ultrasound, the doctor can examine the health of a woman’s ovaries and uterus and determine her antral follicle count. This evaluation can also reveal fertility issues, such as fibroids or polyps.

After the doctor at our Illinois fertility clinic reviews a patient’s test results, he can often provide an infertility diagnosis. He will then recommend various treatments that can help the patient bypass his or her fertility challenges and fulfill the dream of parenthood.

Contact us for more information about infertility causes and testing.