Instructions for collecting semen
• Deliver the specimen at your appointment time. Let the scheduler know that the specimen is collected at the time of your appointment so the laboratory will be prepared for the analysis immediately.
• Semen specimens collected at home should be transported to the lab within 45 minutes.
• Before collecting the specimen wash your hands and your genital area with water and dry it with tissue/towel.
• Do not use lubricant or soap to aid in collection as they maybe potentially toxic to sperm.
• The specimen should be kept at room temperature. Do not refrigerate or allow the sample to rise above body temperature during transportation.
• The specimen container should be clearly marked with your name, age and your partner’s name.
• In an attempt to obtain an accurate interpretation of semen quality, please allow 3 days to 5 days abstinence period after intercourse or the last ejaculation.
Note: Try not to sit in hot or spas during three months before the treatment cycle.
Use of drugs, alcohol, cigarettes or chewing tobacco should be avoided for three months before the treatment cycle.
Investigations for the female
Routine investigations such as CBC, FBS, urine routine, TSH,/ FSH / LH / Prolactin (Day 2 of the cycle), VDRL, Hepatitis B, HIV and Blood grouping and Rubella IgG levels will be done.
The following tests could be done as per the doctor's requisition:
• Serum FSH
• Serum LH
• Serum PRL
• Serum TSH
The above tests are to be done on day 2 or 3 of the menstrual cycle. (First day of the period is counted as Day 1.).
This is a procedure where X-ray pictures of the uterus (Hystero) and fallopian tubes (Salpingo) are taken. A dye is injected into the uterus and pictures are taken to identify abnormalities in the uterine cavity and the tubes. An alternative method is Sonohystero Salpingogram where ultrasound is used instead of X-ray.
Trans-vaginal Ultra Sonogram
This is done to check for abnormalities in the uterus, tubes and ovaries. This is best done around the 13th day of the cycle. Follicular tracking and monitoring of follicle development in patients who are undergoing treatment with ovulation induction drugs is also done through a trans-vaginal scan.
This is visualization of the interior aspects of the uterus with an endoscope. This helps in:
• Identification of pathology in the uterine cavity
• Release of adhesions inside the uterus
• Resection of fibroid/ polyp which protrudes into the uterine cavity
• Cannulation of uterine end of tube if blocked
• Resection of uterine septum
This is direct visualization of the peritoneal cavity with an endoscope.
This is useful for:
• Visualization of the uterus, tubes, ovaries and structures adjacent to it
• Performing the dye test to check tubal patency
• Operative interventions if necessary
All these investigations will be individualized as per the doctor's decision.