Fertility testing

Diagnostic fertility test

Diagnostic fertility tests help couples who are having problems conceiving

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

  • Symptoms prior to needing fertility tests icon plus

    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)
  • Diagnosis icon plus

    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.
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    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 consultants

We're proud to work with leading fertility consultants who specialise in diagnosing and treatment those who have fertility difficulties and need fertility treatment.

Our locations

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Book an appointment

Our team can help with any enquiries or you can make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

Call us today

020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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