Prerequisite Tests

In the event you choose to commence treatment with Fertility Solutions, it is necessary that the following be done:

  1. If you don’t have one already, get a referral from your local doctor to a Fertility Solutions Specialist. Ask that the referral is marked “Indefinite” as referrals marked in this way will last a lifetime. To make this process easier, we can provide your GP with referral pads that are easy to complete and will provide your fertility specialist with relevant information about you. Your GP can call Fertility Solutions on 07 5478 2482 and we will post this to the surgery.
  2. Once you have the referral, phone the rooms of the specialist (Dr’s. George Bogiatzis, Kirsten Morrow, James Orford, Kelvin Larwood or Nerida Flannery, to make an appointment. Our fertility specialists are highly regarded on the Sunshine Coast and as a result, the waiting time to see a fertility specialist can be up to 6 weeks. We recommend that you make this appointment as soon as possible. You can always cancel the appointment if it is not needed.
  3. Have the required screening tests – see below.
Your Required Screening Tests

Prior to commencing treatment with Fertility Solutions, you will be asked to have some routine tests performed. Some of these tests are mandatory and some highly recommended. Note in tests such as Hepatitis B and HIV for example, by having these tests this is not a 100% guarantee that these viruses/infections are not present in the person being tested.

The prerequisite tests are listed below. Please click on any test to learn more.

Semen Analysis & Sperm Antibodies

This is a comprehensive fertility assessment of the male semen and sperm antibody testing. It is essential that this testing is performed by the laboratory at Fertility Solutions prior to a couple commencing treatment, even if a semen analysis has recently been performed with an external service provider such as QML or SN. This is because we are able to better assess a wider range of semen parameters under stringent guidelines set by the World Health Organisation. The only exception to a mandatory semen analysis by Fertility Solutions is in the event that previous semen analysis and sperm antibody testing has been performed within the last 12 months by another recognised fertility clinic (a copy of these results must be available for Fertility Solutions to review and keep on your file). A cycle cannot commence until these results have been reviewed by your Fertility Doctor.View and/or download our Semen Analysis Brochure.

Blood Tests

Results take up to 5 weeks and treatment will not commence until these have been reviewed. Testing is done to determine your status in regards to Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV 1 & 2 and Syphilis (mandatory for both partners). Blood Group and Rubella screening (mandatory). All female patients are required to have a blood group and Rubella screening test. Testing for the Rubella virus (German measles) helps determine if the female patient has immunity to the virus, which can be very harmful to the foetus during pregnancy. If not immune, a booster injection is recommended. There should be at least 28 days following the booster before pregnancy occurs. IUI or IVF procedures cannot commence until results of the booster have been reviewed. The above blood tests are performed in order to attempt to minimise the chance of these infections being passed on from mother to foetus. Everyone accessing treatment with Fertility Solutions Sunshine Coast and Bundaberg must have these tests performed.

Chromosome Analysis (highly recommended)

All patients are encouraged to have a Chromosome Analysis. This test checks to see if a person has the normal amount of chromosomes present (46) and in the right order. The test will usually detect the more common chromosomal problems that often result in infertility or early miscarriages. The test does not, however, test for potential genetic disorders and it does not guarantee that any resulting embryos will be chromosomally or genetically normal.

Cystic Fibrosis Screen (highly recommended)

This test is recommended for all patients. Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disorder than can be passed on from parents to their children. It affects the respiratory, digestive and reproductive systems. There is currently no cure for this condition. For a baby to be born with Cystic Fibrosis, it has to have 2 abnormal genes, 1 from each parent. If both parents carry the abnormal gene for Cystic Fibrosis, whilst they will be unaffected, there is a 1 in 4 chance that they will have a baby with Cystic Fibrosis. 1 in 25 people carry the abnormal Cystic Fibrosis gene and 1 in 2,500 babies are born with the condition. If there is no known family history of Cystic Fibrosis, then the test will screen for 9 of the most common Cystic Fibrosis mutations. There is an out-of-pocket cost to the patient. If there is a known family history of Cystic Fibrosis, or if one partner shows a positive test, a more comprehensive test will be performed. This will screen for 33 mutations, with additional proportionate out-of-pocket cost to the patient. If a test shows that both parties have tested negative for these mutations, this reduces the chances of them having a child with Cystic Fibrosis, however it does not eliminate the chance. There are thousands of less common mutations and it is impossible to test for them all.

Ovarian Reserve Testing

Measures day 2-5 serum FSH, Oestradiol, LH and Anti-Müllerian Hormone (AMH) and should also be done before you start treatment.

Ultrasound Investigations

These tests are highly recommended for women who have not had a pelvic ultrasound assessment within the past 12 months. They include Saline Sonohysterogram (if considering IVF treatment or a baseline pelvic ultrasound), this scan looks at the endometrial cavity (inside lining of the uterus). Another ultrasound procedure is HyCoSY (if considering an insemination treatment), this scan is used to assess the pelvis, uterus and ovaries for any obvious conditions that may impact upon fertility. It also used to assess the distance from the cervix to the fundus of the uterus. This latter information is very useful when embarking upon an embryo transfer procedure.

Laparoscopic surgery

This may or may not be recommended depending upon your individual circumstances. Please talk with your Fertility Doctor about this.

Please Note: The results of all testing undertaken must be available before any treatment can commence. Please note that some of these tests can take up to six weeks before results are available.

View our IVF Treatment options or call us to arrange a free talk to discuss your particular needs.