We will not over investigate or carry out inaccurate tests (such as Hycosy) when better alternatives exist. We will not exploit patients under our care by recommending unnecessary and expensive investigations.
Minimal intervention may be recommended with management including waiting a little longer for a spontaneous conception. Equally, in certain circumstances e.g. where the woman's age is a factor or her FSH is elevated, it may be essential to act swiftly. Whatever the situation, we ensure an efficient pathway through the investigative process and plan your care accordingly.
Couples are referred to Cork Fertility by their GP or Gynaecologist but may also self-refer via our Fertility Assessment Clinic. Some initial blood tests will be carried out prior to consultation at Cork Fertility; having these results provides important information which enables our Fertility Specialists to give a considered opinion on the day.
A woman's age is one of the main factors influencing her chance of conception. Ideally, investigations should be started after six months of trying if the woman is over 35 and if younger, after they have been trying to conceive for 12 to 18 months. Earlier investigations and referral may be justified where there are important factors in either partner's history.
The following tests need to be carried out before you attend your first consultation at Cork Fertility.
The male partner will need to have a semen analysis at Cork Fertility. A Semen Analysis needs to be booked in advance of attendance for first consultation so once you have received your first consultation letter please ensure that you also contact the clinic to make an appointment for a semen analysis. For more information on semen analysis please download our information leaflet (pdf).
Viral screening is required as part of an EU Directive governing the safety of tissues and cells in Ireland and Europe. All patients attending assisted conception units are required to have viral screening carried out prior to treatment.
How should we prepare for our first consultation and what should we expect on the day?
Please ensure that you bring photographic identification (either driving license or passport) to your first appointment. Please also bring relevant medical records with you on the day. You will be greeted by a member of our reception staff and asked to complete a registration form. Your photograph will be taken for identification and security purposes. Please be reassured that all information provided is completely confidential.
You will then meet one of the medical consultants and a fertility nurse specialist. A medical history will be taken and you will be asked about your reproductive history. Please be aware you will be asked personal questions (such as frequency of intercourse) and you may find this embarrassing. A trans-vaginal ultrasound scan of the female partner will be carried out in order to make sure the uterus and ovaries appear normal. Results of this scan, the semen analysis and blood tests will be discussed with you. Other investigations may be needed and can be arranged at this appointment. Once we have all necessary information, our clinicians will discuss all possible treatment options with you and a treatment plan will be put in place.