In Vitro Fertilisation - Preliminary Tests – Part I

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Before you even set foot inside an in vitro fertilisation clinic, it is likely that you will have undertaken a number of basic infertility tests to try to establish the cause of your problems. Indeed some clinics will demand this. Some may want to repeat the tests at a later stage. The most common infertility tests are set out below.

Temperature charts

Ovulation, when the woman's eggs are released from her ovaries, is accompanied by hormonal changes. These make the woman's temperature rise. So, by taking it the same time every day and charting the results, she can judge whether and when in her cycle she ovulates. It can be a frustrating process - sometimes the results are unclear.


This test can establish whether the fallopian tubes are blocked and check the condition of the endometrial cavity. It involves injecting a special radio-opaque fluid through the cervix into the woman's womb and through the fallopian tubes. An x-ray is then taken and the fluid become visible. It involves a hospital visit, usually to an out-patient clinic, and can hurt a lot. Women are hardly ever warned about the pain involved, and it's worth asking your doctor about appropriate pain relief in advance. Take a panty liner in case you experience any bleeding, get someone to drive you home and arrange to have some time to rest. Careful timing is needed for this test which has to be carried out before ovulation to avoid any damage to a fertilised egg. This is usually taken to mean within the first ten days of your cycle. If your cycle follows a different pattern, tell the clinic or hospital.

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