With state-of-the-art lab and imaging capabilities, UMass Memorial Medical Center offers the full range of today’s most advanced diagnostic and screening tests to determine the causes of infertility and aid in infertility treatment planning. For women, these include:
- Blood tests: Tests certain hormone levels, including progesterone and follicle stimulating hormone.
- Clomid challenge test: Evaluates female pituitary hormone levels and uses the fertility medication Clomid (clomiphene citrate) to increase the accuracy of finding women with a decreased egg supply and assesses the ability of the ovaries to respond to hormone signals.
- Hysterosalpingography: An X-ray test that examines the inside of the uterus and fallopian tubes and the surrounding area.
- Pelvic ultrasound (also called sonography): Uses sound waves to create images of the female reproductive organs. This technology provides more accurate information than CT, and it’s faster and less expensive than MRI, making it a vital tool in diagnosing disorders of the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes.
- Laparoscopy: Direct visualization of the abdominal cavity and reproductive organs including the ovaries, the outside of the fallopian tubes and the uterus using a laparoscope. The laparoscope is an instrument that’s like a miniature telescope with a fiber optic system that brings light into the abdomen. It’s inserted through a tiny incision near the belly button.
- Luteinizing hormone urine test: Used by women to predict ovulation, helping to identify the time in the menstrual cycle when they're most likely to become pregnant. The test works by detecting a rise in luteinizing hormone in the urine, which signals the ovary to release an egg.
- Thyroid function tests: A series of blood tests to see if your thyroid is functioning normally. Undiagnosed and untreated thyroid disease can be a cause of infertility.