Infertility

At the Surrey Park Clinic we understand that infertility and recurring miscarriage can be frustrating and distressing for those involved. Diagnostic infertility tests help couples who are having problems conceiving, including internal tests to check for blocked tubes, ovulation tests and ultrasound scans of the pelvis to check for any abnormalities.

Before any testing is carried out, it is important that a detailed medical history is taken by one of our specialists. Should the need for fertility treatment arise, we offer a unique consultant led service with a team of highly experienced fertility specialists and we work closely with the Fertility Unit at The Guy’s Hospital, ACU to provide seamless, high-quality care throughout your treatment.

Patients requesting advice or management of fertility are seen by a team of highly qualified Consultants – Miss Natally Atalla, Mr Nick Elkington, Mr Emmanuel Kalu and Mr Magdy Moustafa.

What happens in the initial fertility assessment?

For women

At the initial consultation a detailed history will be taken and examination tailored to your history. Investigations are individualised but can include blood tests for:

  • Hormone Profiling (such as  Anti Mullerian Hormone, Luteinizing Hormone, Oestradiol, Testosterone)
  • Recurrent Miscarriage Profile (if required)

For men

At the initial consultation a detailed history will be taken and the examination tailored to your history.

Investigations will also be individualised but will include:

  • FBC/HORMONE PROFILE/TFT’s/Prolactin, testosterone
  • Semen analysis

Additional investigations can include:

  • Blood Tests: Chromosomal analysis

Why do these tests?

Around 15% of couples of reproductive age have difficulty in conceiving which can be due to one of several reasons:

  • Problems with egg production including Polycystic Ovaries.
  • Problems with sperm production.
  • Fallopian tube blockage or uterine problems.
  • Endometriosis.
  • Implantation of the embryo and miscarriage.
  • Hormonal and immune disorders in both men and women.

In addition, infertility in women is also linked to their age, the biggest decrease in fertility begins during a woman’s mid thirties.

Ideally both partners in the relationship should attend the initial consultation though you can be seen separately. Initial investigations include assessment of both partners. Women require blood tests and an ultrasound including assessment of their fallopian tubes with a HyCoSy or Hysterosalpingogram (HSG). Men require assessment of their semen (semen analysis) and possibly some blood tests.

Once the results of these fertility tests are available your consultant will advise couples on what type of fertility treatment may be indicated. Sometimes couples will be encouraged to continue to try and conceive naturally before embarking on fertility treatment.

IVF Open Evenings Surrey