We believe every parenting journey should start with a fertility assessment, or fertility MOT as we call them.
We offer fertility MOTs to both NHS and private patients who are worried about their, or their partner’s fertility. It will help us guide you in your parenting journey, either now or in the future and help us to plan a bespoke treatment program tailored specifically to your needs.
Watch the short video below, where Dr. Carole Gilling-Smith explains the different fertility MOT options:
Same sex couples and single women:
Wednesday 3rd February at 5.30 pm
Wednesday 17th February at 5.30 pm
Alternatively, via email:
or phone: 01273 229410
We look forward to welcoming you.
Female Fertility Assessment
Our female fertility assessment, or fertility MOT, helps to understand your fertility and your ability to conceive. It involves a blood test, internal pelvic ultrasound scan of your ovaries and a consultation with a doctor.
- the blood test measures the anti-mullerian hormone (AMH ), follicle stimulating hormone (FSH ), luteinising hormone (LH) and oestradiol. It is normally done between day 2 and 4 of your cycle.
- the internal scan allows us to count the number of ‘antral follicles’ (small fluid-filled sacs) which are present on each ovary. Sometimes it’s possible to have your scan on the same day you see the doctor, although the blood test is usually done a few days before so that we have the result back in time to see the doctor.
- one of our fertility doctors will review the tests to assess your levels of ovarian reserve, alongside your medical history and lifestyle. They will then provide advice on any lifestyle changes that may be required improve your health, fertility and ultimately your chances of conceiving.
Male and Female Couple’s Fertility Assessment
This is a combination of the tests in the Female and Male Fertility MOTs, followed by a detailed Fertility Consultation with one of our doctors.
“We cannot put into words how extremely happy and blessed we now feel to have our beautiful daughter.”
Same-Sex Couple Fertility Assessment
This is an ideal option if you are in a same-sex relationship, and you haven’t decided who is to be the genetic parent first.
Ovarian reserve testing allows you to make a better-informed choice.
“I love how every time I walk into the Agora I am welcomed by my name. I popped in today and as soon as I walk in the door I hear, Hello Christina. I feel like a person and not just a customer.“
Male Fertility Assessment
How do you know if you’re producing enough sperm? What could you do to improve your sperm quality?
- The Male Fertility MOT includes a semen analysis. This means you’ll need to provide a fresh sample of sperm, either at home or in the clinic.
- You need to avoid ejaculation for 3-5 days beforehand.
- If you prefer to produce a sample at home, remember to ask us for a sample pot. You will then need to bring your sample to your appointment within 30-60 minutes of producing it.
- We’ll send a copy of your result to your GP.
Enhanced Male Fertility Assessment
Some men opt to have an Enhanced Fertility MOT, which is a more detailed male fertility test. It includes some additional tests of sperm health and function. And it gives us a far greater insight into your reproductive health.
- It can be very helpful if previous or home sperm tests have been normal and your infertility remains ‘unexplained’. Or when these tests have been abnormal but you have not been given an explanation as to why.
- Sperm DNA fragmentation (SDF) is known to be higher in infertile men. Testing for Sperm DNA fragmentation measures the quality of sperm as a DNA package carrier, and it therefore is more significant than the parameters analysed in standard semen analyses.
- The Enhanced Fertility MOT also includes a short telephone consultation with your doctor. They’ll discuss your results with you, and may recommend some lifestyle changes or treatments.