Our Austin obgyns offer infertility testing that illuminates hidden causes
When assessing infertility, our Austin obgyns use a variety of diagnostic tools and infertility testing to determine whether the problem is something that we can help our patients with or if the problem may require a referral to a fertility specialist. Often, our physicians are able to help patients overcome basic fertility issues.
One of the first steps is blood work in our Austin obgyn offices
There are several different blood tests our Austin obgyns can use to begin assessing infertility.
Hormone testing—certain thyroid disorders and hormonal issues can cause fertility problems, so we order hormone panels as part of our infertility testing.
Ovarian reserve testing—our Austin obgyns test ovarian reserve, which is a measure of the quantity and quality of eggs remaining in the ovaries, by testing levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and levels of antimüllerian hormone (AMH).
Ultrasounds and x-ray procedures reveal anatomical issues
Basic infertility testing often includes an ultrasound to help our Austin obgyns evaluate the condition of the uterus. A basic vaginal ultrasound allows us to examine the uterine walls and lining as well as ovarian structure. If we feel further examination is necessary, we may provide patients with a referral for special x-ray procedures which are performed outside our facility at a radiology center.
Hysterosalpingogram (HSG)—this special x-ray procedure allows our physicians to see the shape of the uterine cavity and whether or not the fallopian tubes are open. During this procedure, a special contrast dye is injected through a catheter that has been inserted through the cervix and into the uterus.
Sonohysterography—this type of infertility testing is another special x-ray procedure during which a saline solution is injected during a transvaginal ultrasound. It provides our Austin obgyns with a tool to detect problems such as endometrial fibroids or polyps.
Minimally invasive tests may follow these initial steps
Our Austin obgyns perform minimally invasive infertility testing that can solidify your diagnosis.
Hysteroscopy—our Austin obgyns perform this procedure by using a hysteroscope, which is a lighted instrument inserted vaginally through the cervix to allow us to view the interior of the uterus.
Laparoscopy—this minimally invasive surgical procedure also relies on a lighted instrument, but a laparoscope is inserted through very small incisions in the abdomen into the pelvic cavity. This test is particularly helpful if we suspect that the patient may have problems such as endometriosis.
In addition to infertility testing, our Austin obgyns perform minimally invasive surgical procedures to correct structural infertility issues
Sometimes, during the course of infertility testing, we discover that a patient has a structural or physical problem which needs to be surgically corrected. Our Austin obgyns are gynecologic surgeons, able to remove uterine fibroids, polyps and endometrial implants, and correct uterine septums using minimally invasive surgery such as laparoscopic or robotic surgery. For more information about infertility testing, contact us.