It’s important that women and couples know exactly what is in store when they begin their IVF journey, so here is everything you need to know about the blood tests you will be expected to have throughout the process.
What blood tests need to be taken prior to IVF treatment?
Before starting treatment, some tests will need to be carried out to ensure that you are being treated safely and effectively, and that you and your partner are at an optimum condition to achieve the best outcome from IVF treatment.
Your specialist will measure the reserve of eggs in your body by investigating the levels of anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) or follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) in your blood. Knowing the number of eggs in your body will help your fertility specialist to understand how your body might respond to the treatment and help them formulating a personalised treatment strategy for you. Monitoring hormone levels during the course of the treatment may be necessary to keep the process under control and to prevent complications
As well as this, some routine screening blood tests will be carried out prior to initiation of the treatment to rule out HIV, Hepatitis B and C infections and to ensure Rubella immunity. This is to make sure that these infections are not being passed on to the baby, In some occasions, additional tests are also necessary to flag potential incompatibilities between parent and baby’s blood types, as well as potential genetic disorders which can be transmitted from the eggs or sperm to the embryos (babies).
Finally, testing for HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), a pregnancy hormone, in the blood or urine to reveal whether the transferring the embryo into the uterus has been successful.
How long do the tests last for and how do I share them with the clinic?
If you or your partner have had any blood tests in the last 12-24 months, please bring these along to your appointment. These tests may provide the team with useful information about your circumstances, but it is still a possibility that further tests will be necessary, or some of the tests might have to be repeated before or later in the process.
If you have not yet had tests carried out before your ultrasound scan and consultation, our fertility specialists will be able to make a plan for necessary next steps and recommend the right treatment for you based on a discussion of your history.
Where can I get these tests done?
You can get your blood tests done at your nearest abc IVF clinic – at abc IVF, our prices are completely transparent and our all-inclusive IVF Package includes the blood tests you need within one set price