The Ultimate IVF Prep Checklist: 10 Essential Medical Tests to Ensure Success

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IVF, or in vitro fertilization, is a complicated process that can be hard on both the body and the mind. There is no way to be sure of success, but there are things you can do to improve your chances of having a healthy baby. Getting medical tests to check your general health and find any possible underlying conditions is integral to getting ready for IVF.
Going to the doctor (we mean getting a complete consultation) for check-ups before IVF is an essential part of the process. This blog post lists the most common medical checks of Check-ups.
Please read the complete IVF guide before reading about this medical check. It contains all the information you need.

Check-ups before IVF:

First Consultation

The first thing you need to do is make an appointment with a reproductive endocrinologist who specializes in fertility to talk about your medical background, your fertility goals, and the IVF process.

Medical background: 

They will ask you about your medical background, such as any pregnancies, miscarriages, or fertility treatments you’ve had.

Physical Exam: 

You will have a physical exam to check your general health and look for any problems that might affect your ability to have children.

Now, let’s break down the above information into more details about Medical tests. 

All the tests your doctor may recommend to you for preparing for IVF: 

First, Keep in mind that this is a partial list. Your doctor may suggest other tests based on your medical background. 

As we mentioned above, You should talk to your doctor about your health history and fertility goals to make a personalized IVF prep plan. Anyway, Fertility specialists Generally recommend the following Medical tests before IVF: 

  • Ovarian Reserve Testing: 

These tests help determine the number and type of eggs in your ovaries. The follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) test, the anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) test, and the antral follicle count (AFC) test are all standard tests. 

  • Hysterosalpingography (HSG):

Hysterosalpingography (HSG) is an X-ray test that looks at the shape of the uterus and checks to see if the fallopian tubes are blocked.

  • Baseline Ultrasound: 

This test doesn’t hurt and uses sound waves to make a picture of your uterus and ovaries so that any uterine tumors, polyps, or other problems can be found.

  • Complete Blood Count (CBC): 

This test checks different parts of your blood, like red blood cells, white blood cells, hemoglobin, and hematocrit, to see if you have any blood diseases or anemia.

  • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Test: 

An essential aspect of pregnancy is monitoring the thyroid gland, which can be detected using a TSH test. Its purpose is to ensure that your thyroid is working usually.

  1. Testing for Infectious Diseases

This test helps find possible infections like HIV, hepatitis, and syphilis that can be harmful to a growing baby.

  • Carrier Screening:

This test checks to see if you or your partner has a genetic problem you could pass on to your child.

  1. Semen Analysis:

Semen analysis checks the number and quality of your partner’s sperm by counting them and looking at their velocity (how they move) and morphology (their shape).

  1. Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT): 

If you want to find any genetic problems in embryos made during IVF, you can choose to have this test done.

  1. Test for immunity to rubella

Rubella is a virus that spreads quickly and can lead to congenital disabilities. This test checks to see if you are protected from rubella. If you are not, you may need to get a shot.

Read more: What tests need to be done before IVF treatment?

IVF Medical Tests: A Patient’s Guide

We provide a table patient guide to help you understand the above information. This table gives you a quick look at each medical test, telling you what it checks, why it’s essential, and what to expect during the test. You will understand how to get ready for IVF better and feel better about your road to getting pregnant.

 Test Name What it checks Why it’s important What to expect
Ovarian Reserve Testing Egg quality and quantity To determine ovarian function and fertility potential Blood tests (FSH, AMH, AFC)
Hysterosalpingography (HSG) Uterine shape and fallopian tube blockage To identify any uterine or tubal abnormalities X-ray test with dye injection
Baseline Ultrasound Uterine and ovarian health To detect any uterine tumors, polyps, or other issues Non-invasive, painless ultrasound
Complete Blood Count (CBC) Blood health and anemia To rule out blood disorders that may affect fertility Blood test
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Test Thyroid function To ensure normal thyroid function during pregnancy. Blood test
Infectious Disease Testing The presence of infectious diseases (HIV, Hepatitis, Syphilis) To prevent transmission to the baby Blood test
Carrier Screening Genetic disorders (e.g., cystic fibrosis) To identify potential genetic risks for the baby Blood test
Semen Analysis Sperm quality and quantity To evaluate male fertility Semen sample analysis
Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT) Embryo genetic health To identify genetic abnormalities in embryos Optional, requires IVF treatment
Rubella Immunity Test Immunity to Rubella virus To prevent congenital disabilities Blood test

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