There are a range of different tests which may be offered to try to identify the cause of fertility problems.
Your GP or family doctor may carry out some tests to start with such as blood or sperm tests to rule out key issues, and they may refer you to a specialist for more tests and for any treatment you may need.
The tests for men will usually start with a sperm test and a basic anatomy check and for women there will be blood tests to assess ovulation, ovarian reserve (the number of eggs you have) and tests to look at your womb and to check that your tubes are not blocked.
- NHS information on getting a diagnosis
- Information on fertility investigations from Fertility Network UK
- Quick guide to ovarian reserve testing from the British Fertility Society
- Quick guide to the tests used to check female tubes are not blocked or damaged from the British Fertility Society.
- Quick guide to getting a diagnosis of male fertility problems from the British Fertility Society
- Quick guide to producing a semen sample for testing from the British Fertility Society
- Quick guide to making sense of your semen analysis result from the British Fertility Society
- Comprehensive NICE guidance to fertility tests and treatments
Your lifestyle can make a difference to your fertility and this applies for both men and women.