Our San Antonio fertility experts explain lesbian fertility testing
Dr Erika Munch and Susan Hudson, MD, board certified fertility doctors, discuss the fertility treatments to help lesbian couples build families. The most common lesbian fertility treatment options are intrauterine insemination, IUI, and in vitro fertilization, IVF.
Before starting fertility treatment, every patient must undergo fertility testing. Lesbian fertility testing is the same as fertility testing for heterosexual patients. We are here to answer your questions about lesbian fertility testing, the first step of your journey with our San Antonio fertility center.
The first step of lesbian fertility testing is a consultation with one of our San Antonio fertility doctors
When you first come to our San Antonio fertility center, we will ask about your medical history. You can expect us to ask about medical problems, your family history and your menstrual cycle as well as questions about your past fertility, including whether you’ve been pregnant before.
If you’re part of a lesbian couple, we will also ask how each partner will be involved with fertility treatment. Specifically, she will want to know which partner will provide the eggs and carry the pregnancy.
Since the quality and quantity of your eggs decrease with age, we will often recommend that the younger partner provide the eggs, unless she has a family history of genetic problems. Further fertility testing can also help you decide which partner should provide the eggs.
After your consultation, you can begin the next stages of lesbian fertility testing, which will involve a series of tests to determine whether your reproductive organs are healthy.
An in-office ultrasound is the next step in lesbian fertility testing
As part of fertility testing, we will perform a transvaginal ultrasound in our San Antonio fertility clinic. During the ultrasound, your fertility doctor will examine your uterus and ovaries, checking for conditions that could make it more difficult to get pregnant. Specifically, she will look for uterine polyps, uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts.
Fertility blood work is another crucial step of lesbian fertility testing
The next step of fertility testing is blood work to check your ovarian reserve, or approximately how many eggs you have left. As a woman ages, the amount of eggs she has decreases, making it more difficult to get pregnant. Some women enter menopause faster than others, so it’s important to know your ovarian reserve numbers before starting fertility treatment.
There are two tests available to check your ovarian reserve, follicle stimulating hormone, FSH and antimullerian hormone, AMH. Once we determine the results, she will have a better idea of which fertility treatments will be most successful for you.
Lesbian fertility testing also involves a fallopian tube exam
A fallopian tube exam is another part of fertility testing. To get pregnant with IUI your fallopian tubes must be open. To check this, we can use a test called a hysterosalpingogram (HSG).
This test is performed in a radiology department and involves inserting a small catheter into the uterus through your cervix. Using x-ray guidance, contrast is placed into the uterus and, if there are no blockages, then the blue dye should progress through and out of both fallopian tubes.
After completing lesbian fertility testing, you will come back to our San Antonio fertility center to discuss the results and work together with your fertility doctor to form a family building treatment plan.
If you have any questions about options with our San Antonio fertility experts, please contact us.