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Female endocrine/hormone studies are performed to monitor the activity of the ovaries, pituitary, thyroid and adrenal glands by measuring hormone levels in the blood.

Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is an x-ray of the reproductive system including the uterus, fallopian tubes, and surrounding anatomy. This test is useful in detecting blocked tubes and scarring which are common causes of infertility, both of which can usually be treated surgically.

Ultrasound is usually performed transvaginally to evaluate the condition of the uterus, ovaries and surrounding structures.

Semen analysis involves the determination of sperm concentration, percent mobility, and percent normality based on the strict assessment of size and shape of the sperm. In cases of severe low sperm numbers, an ICSI prep test is used to determine if any motile normal sperm are present in an ejaculate. This procedure may offset the need for a testicular biopsy.

Vaginal/cervical cultures are performed to indicate the presence of virus or bacteria that may be hindering conception.

Laparocopy, a minimally invasive procedure, allows the doctor to visualize the reproductive system by inserting a scope through a small abdominal incision. This allows the doctor to see and treat possible causes of infertility.

Hysteroscopy uses a thin telescope that is inserted through the cervix into the uterus to locate potential uterine abnormalities that may be affecting fertility.

Endometrial biopsy is a procedure where a small sample from the lining of the uterus is taken during an in-office procedure and then submitted to a reference laboratory for examination. Some minor abnormalities in the uterus lining can cause infertility and are treatable when detected.

LH surge testing may be performed mid-cycle. When an LH surge occurs, the ovary is instructed to release a mature egg. Patients monitor their urine at home to determine when an LH surge is occurring. This information is useful for timing intrauterine inseminations, timed intercourse or frozen embryo transfers.

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