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Initial tests and studies for IVF

Learn about the essential tests and studies in preparation for IVF. How to improve the chances of success.

Initial tests and studies

Before starting treatment, it is crucial to undergo a series of tests and studies for IVF. These help to better understand the causes of infertility, while allowing you to customize treatment to increase the likelihood of success.

Each step is designed to provide you with the best conditions and prepare you for this life-changing process.

Key Takeaways

  • Initial tests and studies for IVF help understand the causes of infertility and customize treatment for better success rates.
  • Specific tests like ovarian reserve measurement, hysteroscopy, and preimplantation genetic testing provide crucial information for personalizing the IVF process.
  • Proper nutrition, supplementation, stress management, and psychological support are essential for optimizing physical and mental health during IVF.

Initial reproductive health assessment

The initial consultation with a fertility specialist is the first step on the path to IVF.

During this visit, the doctor will do a complete review of your medical history and perform a series of tests for IVF. All of these are intended to evaluate your reproductive health. Some of these are:

  • Hormonal blood tests: Levels of hormones such as FSH (follicle stimulating hormone), LH (luteinizing hormone), estradiol, and prolactin are measured. These hormones provide information about the function of the ovaries and help determine the status of ovarian reserve.
  • Transvaginal ultrasound: A simple procedure that allows examination of the reproductive organs. It provides a clear image of the ovaries and uterus to check for cysts, fibroids or other abnormalities.
  • Seminogram: This test analyzes sperm health and quality in terms of concentration, motility and morphology. It is essential to detect possible male factor problems that may require treatment.

Studies for IVF facilitate the design of a protocol to have a personalized treatment that increases the chances of success.

Detailed knowledge of reproductive health helps the specialist to plan the IVF process.

Specific tests for IVF

In addition to the basic tests, there are studies for IVF that are more advanced and specific for those preparing for this treatment. These are some of the most important tests.

Ovarian reserve by measurement of anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH)

This test measures the levels of anti-Müllerian hormone, which reflects the number of eggs available in the ovaries. A high AMH level indicates a healthy ovarian reserve, while a low level may suggest a lower number of eggs. This is essential for personalizing treatment.

Evaluation of the uterine cavity with hysteroscopy

Hysteroscopy allows the physician to visualize the inside of the uterus to detect possible problems such as polyps, fibroids or adhesions that could affect embryo implantation. It is a quick outpatient procedure and helps to identify and correct such abnormalities, should they occur.

Preimplantation genetic testing (PGT)

PGT are tests performed on embryos prior to transfer to the uterus. They detect chromosomal abnormalities or inherited genetic diseases to ensure the health of the embryo and increase the chances of a successful pregnancy.

These advanced tests increase treatment success rates. In addition, they provide crucial information that allows the specialist to identify the best course of action for each case.

By combining these studies with the initial tests, a complete picture of reproductive health is obtained. This allows informed decisions to be made to improve the chances of a successful pregnancy through IVF.

Preparing and optimizing your body for IVF

Preparing your body properly can make a big difference in the success of IVF. These tips will help you optimize your physical and mental health to cope with the IVF process.

Proper nutrition

Maintaining proper nutritional balance is essential. It is advisable to incorporate foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables, lean protein sources and whole grains into your diet. It is also advisable to limit caffeine and alcoholic beverages. Some studies suggest that foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon and walnuts, may improve sperm quality and uterine health.

Supplementation and stress management

Use of supplements such as folic acid, zinc, selenium, and vitamins C and E may be beneficial. In addition, practicing stress reduction techniques such as yoga, meditation or deep breathing exercises can help improve your emotional and physical well-being during treatment.

Psychological support

IVF can be a very emotionally challenging process. Seeking psychological support through therapy or support groups can give you tools to manage the emotions and stress that often accompany this treatment.

In addition, sharing experiences with others who are going through similar situations can offer you additional perspective and support. By following these tips, you will be in good physical health, while strengthening your emotional resilience. This will prepare you to face the challenges of the IVF process.

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