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Sunday, October 23rd 2011, 3:46pm

Standard Male Factor Testing?

Right I know the testing for male factor may differ from clinic to clinic but I am interested in what is considered common practice in diagnosing male factor issues?

Now minimum tests I would expect:

1.Semen Analysis on at least 2-3 seperate occasions if "abnormal result" occurs on primary SA. check count/motility/morphology/concentration/agglutination/volume/signs of infection or immuno issues

2. Physical examination - Dr / Urologist checking for abnormalities - variocele / hydrocele / undescended etc / signs of infection etc

3.Blood test for Hormone levels (LH/FSH/Testosterone/prolactin)

4. Testicular Ultrasound - to check for anything that isn't clear on the external physical examination

Are there any other tests that a fertility clinic should offer/specify ? - can fellow male factor guys / experts recommend anything further that should be checked out. Thanks :thumbup:

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Sunday, October 23rd 2011, 3:55pm

All my male friends with problems have had the 4 tests you have mentioned. I don't know if there ate any more. Someone with more knowledge will probably give you more answers.

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Sunday, October 23rd 2011, 4:00pm

Yeah apart from the 4 I've listed I can't think of any other inital tests, DNA fragmentation or Testicular Biopsy, Insulin resistance testing are only other tests I can think of.

Cheers Maria :thumbsup: , I'll see if Paul has any thoughts on the matter

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Sunday, October 23rd 2011, 6:19pm

I didn't have the ultrasound.

I had 2 SA tests, 3months apart. Blood tests and a "very short and quick" physical analysis.

They got enough info from those tests to know it was ICSI required.
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Sunday, October 23rd 2011, 7:28pm

Physical does tend to be a quick once over, I don't think Dr can tell too much from this - just a look for variocele or
obvious abnormalities. Think ultrasound maybe way ahead to check testis further

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