Infertility Diagnosis & Testing
Infertility diagnosis at a glance
- Infertility is a common problem for couples: diagnostic tests include both male and female components.
- Our clinical staff practice evidence-based medicine, meaning we base our recommendations for testing and therapy on the best available research evidence and what works best for an individual problem.
- With our university affiliation, we often treat patients and couples with very complex and difficult issues such as cancer or major medical problems.
- Many infertile patients need support or benefit from counseling regarding infertility related decision making.
Infertility is a common problem for couples. We at Advanced Reproductive Medicine (ARM) are proud to offer a full spectrum of infertility services to meet the needs of our patients. Diagnostic tests include both male and female components. If there is a male factor, we have a full service of andrology (male infertility) services available through Dr. Randall Meacham and his colleagues in Urology. Their offices adjoin ours in the Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion.
Our clinical staff practice evidence-based medicine, meaning we base our recommendations for testing and therapy on the best available research evidence and what works best for an individual problem. We strive to avoid unnecessary tests and treatments. It is our belief that simple approaches such as medication treatment and/or insemination therapy are often successful. The staff work with patients and couples to try to find the simplest and most affordable treatment which will lead to a successful pregnancy.
Our infertility diagnosis and treatment plans are individually based after extensive discussion with the patients regarding the outcomes to be expected. We help patients find the “recipe” for them, rather than fit them into our recipe. We are “up front” with our patients regarding their chances of success, but are willing to give patients with limited success an opportunity to try treatment if the benefits to be expected outweigh the risks.
Even though our nursing and technical staff are outstanding, we do not leave the day to day management of your care to them. This is likely to be quite different from experiences you might have had. We offer a full spectrum of services including services for single women and patients needing oocyte or sperm donation. With our university affiliation, we often treat patients and couples with very complex and difficult issues such as cancer or major medical problems. If needed, our clinical staff has immediate access to all the consultative services of other University physicians, such as maternal fetal medicine, cardiology, oncology, etc. Additionally, The Center for Integrative Medicine, located in the same building as ARM is closely affiliated with our practice offering acupuncture and other treatments as needed or desired by our patients.
Many infertile patients need support or benefit from counseling regarding infertility related decision making. Sometimes a referral for outside counseling or psychotherapy is needed and we can help with this as well. We have two experienced Ph.D. psychologists on our staff. They are well versed in the different aspects of the fertility experience and can guide women and couples through the process.
Common tests for fertility
The first step in determining male infertility is to evaluate the sperm for numbers, movement, appearance and shape. Sperm problems can be caused by deficient production, blocked sperm ducts, hormone abnormalities, testicular trauma, and birth defects.