Fertility testing

Diagnostic fertility tests to help couples who are having problems conceiving.

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About having fertility tests

More than 80 per cent of couples where the woman is under 40 will conceive naturally within a year of having sex every 2 to 3 days without contraception.

Fertility tests help couples who are having problems conceiving by checking for blocked tubes, ovulation tests, and ultrasound scans of the pelvis to check for any abnormalities.

Need to know

You should see a consultant if you haven't conceived after a year of trying. You should see your doctor sooner if you: are a woman aged 36 or over (as the decline in fertility speeds up when a woman reaches her mid-30s) or you have any reason to be concerned about your fertility - For example, if you've had treatment for cancer or you think you might have had a sexually transmitted infection (STI)

Before any testing is carried out, it is important that a detailed medical history is taken by one of our specialists.

Fertility tests for women include:

  • a blood test for a hormone called progesterone to check whether you're ovulating
  • a test for chlamydia, which is an STI that can be treated with antibiotics
  • an ultrasound scan can be used to check your ovaries, womb and fallopian tubes
  • a hysterosalpingogram, or X-ray, of your womb and fallopian tubes after a special dye has been injected
  • a laparoscopy, which involves inserting a thin tube with a camera at the end through a small cut in your stomach to examine your womb, fallopian tubes and ovaries.

Should the need for fertility treatment arise the Lister Fertility Clinic with locations at the The Lister Hospital and The Portland Hospital, can provide a range of different fertility options with seamless, high-quality care throughout your treatment.

Our Fertility testing locations

The Portland Hospital

The Portland Hospital

205-209 Great Portland Street W1W 5AH London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
The Wellington Hospital

The Wellington Hospital

8A Wellington Place NW8 9LE London

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.