Basic Diagnostic Procedures
All Good Treatments are Based on a Good Diagnosis
Thanks to modern technology and result-based procedures it takes very little time to provide clarity on the causes and treatment options for your infertility. Most of the time, diagnosis and treatment go hand in hand right from the start.
Answering your questions at any time in a personal and confidential conversation is especially important to us to!
In the following sections you will find basic information about the diagnostic steps.
As part of a test cycle at the beginning of your menstral cycle (between the second and fourth day) we check the hormones that influence the maturation of the egg cells. That includes hormones produced by the hypophysis, the thyroid, the ovaries and the adrenal. Due to the fact that the hormone levels vary during the course of your menstral cycle, it is essential that the blood test is perfomed at a specific point in time at the beginning of the cycle.
Should this basal blood sampling show certain irregularities then additional functions will be tested, in order to determine the cause of the problem.
It is often useful to find out when and if ovulation is taking place. We can do this by means of ultrasonic scanning and hormone tests during the course of your cycle. This will also show us any changes in your hormones levels, which are important factors influencing egg cell quality. As part of this process the corpus luteum hormone will also be tested. This hormone is responsible for providing good nidation conditions in the second half of the cycle.
In the days leading up to ovulation the mucus in the cervix changes. It becomes clear, thinner, more fluid, and stretchy. This allows the sperm cells to easily make their way to the uterine cavity.
As part of a post-coital test (an examination at the moment of ovulation and the morning after intercourse), mucus is withdrawn from the cervix and examined
The quality of the mucus will be evaluated as well as the microscopic evidence of sperm in the mucus sample. If many healthy sperms are found, the chances of becoming pregnant in this manner is equally as high as by means of artificial insemination.
The success of embryonic nidation depends greatly on the whether the interior of the uterus is in optimal condition.
A hysteroscopy is a simple procedure which allows us to rule out any abnormalities inside the uterus. Thinnest optical devices are used so that this procedure can be performed without requiring any anaesthesia. Nevertheless, if you prefer, a short anaesthesia is available.
The results of the examination will be shared with you immediately following the procedure. This allows us to decide quickly if any further therapeutic procedures are necessary.
Please make an appointment in the first half of your cycle.
The procedure takes approximately 5 minutes. If no anaesthesia is necessary, as planned, you will be able to continue your daily routine. However, it is possible to receive a doctor’s note if requested.
The Mini-Hysteroscopy is a service covered by the national and private health insurance providers.
Before the start of each therapy a basic sperm analysis is carried out, where we evaluate the sperm’s count, mobility and morphology.
In order to optimise your therapy, it may become necessary to process the sperm sample. This allows us to determine the long-term fertilisation capacity of the sperm.