Have you been trying to conceive for several months or years but haven’t been able to? If so, it might be time to visit a reproductive health clinic in case there is a possibility of an infertility diagnosis. Medical experts can give you professional advice and make recommendations for both men and women.
As usual, every treatment program begins with a diagnosis and tests. This helps pinpoint any complications or illnesses associated with the infertility problem.
Infertility Diagnosis in Western Medicine
Infertility tests typically begin with an assessment of the patient’s medical history. You will be asked questions surrounding your sexual habits, overall health, existing medical conditions, and other factors that affect fertility.
Your doctor will also perform physical (and sometimes mental) examinations. This checks for any abnormalities or deficiencies that may contribute to your troubles with getting pregnant. Here’s how infertility is diagnosed in Western Medicine:
Infertility tests for men attempt to detect whether the patient has enough healthy sperm that’s ejaculated effectively. Tests include:
- Semen Analysis: This checks for the number, shape, and movement of sperms.
- Hormone Testing: A blood test may be performed to determine the level of reproductive hormones.
- Imaging: A genital ultrasound may reveal issues like a retrograde ejaculation or an ejaculatory duct obstruction.
Infertility Diagnosis for Women looks at the health of the eggs, reproductive tract, and uterus. The following tests attempt to identify impairments or abnormalities in these organs and their processes:
- Ovulation testing: Your reproductive doctor may recommend an ovulation test to see if you are ovulating regularly every month.
- Ovarian reserve testing: This is a test that looks at the health and quality of eggs after ovulation. It determines a woman’s potential for conceiving by using a combination of hormone tests.
- Imaging: An ultrasound may be used to detect ovarian or uterine disease.
- Laparoscopy: This is where a thin tube with a camera is inserted into the pelvis. It allows the doctor to investigate irregularities in the ovaries, uterus, and fallopian tubes.
- Hysterosalpingography: This test helps determine if your cavity is normal. It can detect blockages and the condition of fallopian tubes or ovaries.
Infertility Diagnosis in Traditional Chinese Medicine
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), illness is a consequence of imbalances (deficiencies or excesses) in your body and Qi. Treatments such as acupuncture aim to restore proper organ function. By doing so conditions such as infertility which are caused by imbalance may be improved. The acupuncture practitioner will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your lifestyle, body, and mental/emotional state. He/she will collect data from one-on-one questions, your medical history, and physical examinations.
TCM assesses infertility by examining the whole individual, not just the symptoms. It uncovers underlying problems that may contribute to infertility. This helps the practitioner prescribe holistic treatments that improve the overall well-being of the patient.
For more on how acupuncture can help with you or your partner’s infertility concerns, call Centre of Balance Hamilton today at 07-846 7956. Centre of Balance practitioners have a lot of experience treating fertility patients.
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