Infertility Testing at Palm Beach Fertility Center
Pre-Treatment Screening for Your Fertility
At Palm Beach Fertility Center, we pride ourselves on not only our degree
of thoroughness, but for our care for our patients. We want you to feel
that your individual care is always our top priority and that we are working
to find a diagnosis which meets your symptoms and unique circumstances.
Therefore before any treatment begins, you will meet with Dr. Mark Denker
and complete a thorough screening.
The initial examination will include a full medical history and prescriptions
for a variety of tests, which may consist of the following:
Blood test: A blood sample is taken on the third day of the menstrual cycle to determine
blood type, detect any infectious diseases, and measure performance of
the pituitary gland and ovaries.
Ultrasound: An ultrasound exam is performed midway through the menstrual cycle at
the time of ovulation to measure the uterus, lining of the uterus, ovaries,
and cervical canal. A physical exam and gonorrhea/chlamydia culture may
be performed at the same visit or at the time of another uterine image
if one is necessary.
- Hysterosalpingogram (HSG): A small amount of fluid is injected into the
uterus and an X-ray is taken to assess the fallopian tubes and uterus.
- Saline sonogram: A small amount of fluid is injected into the cervix and
uterus and then an ultrasound is performed to detect abnormalities.
- Semen analysis and semen cultures for men: This assesses the male partner's
sperm count and health and indicates whether further testing is necessary.
- Infectious disease tests: Required by law, this includes screening for
hepatitis, HTLV-I, and HIV I and II.
What to Expect Post-Testing & Diagnosis
When these tests have been completed and the results examined, you and
your partner will meet with Dr. Denker and the IVF nurse. At this time,
the details of the treatment plan will be explained and scheduled, any
questions and concerns you have will be addressed, and you will be asked
to sign all necessary consent forms.
Dr. Mark Denker will also tell you about ways to increase your chance of
conceiving during the initial
IVF stages. This includes instructions about diet, nutritional supplements,
exercise and weight loss, and sexual behavior, as well as a recommendation
to avoid tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, and certain medications.
Providing Emotional Support
Dr. Denker and the team have more than 20 years of experience in this field,
and we realize that being diagnosed with any form of infertility and seeking
treatment can be an emotional roller coaster. We may refer you to our
counselor who is specially trained to help you through the experience,
if this is appropriate for you.
If you would like to make an
appointment, give us a call today at (888) 819-5177.