First Step Fertility Check
The possibility of a fertility problem?
Our First Step Fertility Check is aimed at people who are concerned about their fertility.
At Merrion Fertility Clinic, we strongly believe in individualised care that is tailored to your particular situation.
It is very normal for a healthy, fertile couple to take up to 12 months to conceive and most fertility specialists would not recommend seeing a doctor sooner than that. In some cases, however, it is recommended that you see a doctor before one year has passed.
Some general guidelines as to when you should seek help are shown below. If you are in doubt, feel free to call us or discuss with your GP/family doctor.
|Female partner||Situation||How long to wait|
|Under 35||No medical problems||1 year|
|35 – 37||No medical problems||9 months|
|38 and over||No medical problems||6 months|
|Any age||No periods or periods more than 2 months apart||Don't wait|
|History severe endometriosis||3-6 months*|
|History chlamydia or other STI||3-6 months*|
|History pelvic surgery for ectopics, damaged tubes, Crohn’s disease etc||3-6 months*|
|Family history of early menopause||3-6 months*|
|On drugs that need to be stopped before pregnancy||See us before you stop the drugs|
|Any age||History of testicular surgery||3-6 months*|
|Either partner||Sexual problems||Don't wait|
What does “First Step Fertility Check” include?
Tests sperm count, motility (number swimming), morphology (shape) and antisperm antibodies (ASA). Determines which type of fertility treatment (if any) is required.
Transvaginal scan to examine the pelvis, checks for cysts, fibroids, polycystic ovaries, endometriosis, polyps, swollen/blocked tubes (hydrosalpinx). Checks antral follicle count to assess ovarian reserve i.e. how many eggs are in the ovaries.
AMH BLOOD TEST
Tests anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) levels, a measure of ovarian reserve.
RUBELLA BLOOD TEST
Checks for immunity to Rubella.
CONSULTATION WITH ONE OF OUR FERTILITY SPECIALISTS
Your individual situation and test results will be discussed. Based on your initial investigations, further tests may be required. We strongly recommend that both partners attend this consultation.
Book an appointment
To book a Consult with one of our Doctors or book an appointment for Semen Analysis, click the appropriate button.
Please note that you need a GP or Consultant referral to book a Semen Analysis appointment, but this is not a requirement to book a Doctor Consult.