How does it work?
There are two types of fertility test available – male fertility tests and female fertility tests. Male fertility tests are the most simple and unobtrusive of the two, so doctors often begin with these when trying to work out what’s going on.
'''Male fertility tests''' – Did you know that almost half of fertility problems are caused by male factors? Most male infertility issues can be picked up by simple semen testing, although in some cases it may be necessary to perform a testicular biopsy or advanced DNA tests.
'''Female fertility tests''' – Not all female fertility tests are uncomfortable and obtrusive – preliminary testing includes measuring hormone levels in the blood, for which only a small sample is needed. Advanced investigations can include the use of ultrasound and uterine probes.
Is it for me?
If you’ve been trying for a baby but with no success, it could be a good idea to look into fertility testing. Discovering where the problem lies will open up a variety of possibilities for treating it – so that you may finally be able to have the child you’ve been hoping for.
Good to know
It’s important to give yourself enough time if you are trying to conceive before looking into fertility testing. Female fertility testing in particular can be quite uncomfortable, so it’s a good idea to try naturally for a year before you go down this route.