By Jacqueline Tomlins

Written via a lady who has been via in vitro fertilization, this advisor offers obtainable, own, and exact details for an individual present process fertility remedies and for family and friends who are looking to larger comprehend the event. own tales from women and men who've had hassle conceiving are integrated besides sensible suggestion on coping with remedies.

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The physical examination The second part of your clinical assessment is the physical examination. If your doctor doesn’t perform this at your first consultation, a time will be arranged to do it pretty soon afterwards. Most people find these a bit embarrassing, but they shouldn’t hurt, and they don’t take long. For the woman, it will usually be done just before ovulation—around the middle of your cycle if you are ovulating normally. If you are not ovulating, it can be done at any time. For the man, it can be done at any time.

An HSG uses an x-ray to look at the uterus and internal outline of the fallopian tubes. It is usually done a few days after your last period when you are not ovulating and the lining of your uterus is thin. A speculum is inserted into the vagina through which a thin tube, a catheter, is passed into the cervix. A contrast medium or dye—a dense liquid that shows up on x-rays—is injected into the uterus. The flow of the dye can then be seen on a screen. QX5 26 3/7/03 3:45 PM Page 26 The Infertility Handbook should flow through the fallopian tubes and out into the abdomen.

QX5 22 3/7/03 3:45 PM Page 22 The Infertility Handbook produce the sample at home you should carry it to the clinic in a pocket to keep it warm. If you do not feel comfortable producing a sample by masturbation, you can ask the clinic to supply you with a special condom to use during intercourse. Normal condoms cannot be used as most are toxic to sperm. Clinics generally prefer, however, not to use this method as the sample can become contaminated with other cells. Your specialist may recommend doing a second test eight weeks or so after the first if any abnormalities show up.

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