A good and accurate account of your medical history will help us in the diagnosis and treatment of your suspected fertility problem. This will save time and cost because there is no need to repeat the same tests or unsuccessful treatments that you had done before.
The detailed history that you need to provide our doctors and counselors includes your past medical and surgical events, current health status, diet and lifestyle, occupational risks, history of sexual development, use of birth control, previous pregnancies or miscarriages, and sexual practices.
The medical history will be collected by our doctors, embryologists, counselor, or nurses.
Subsequent investigations will be done depending on the findings from the history and physical examination.
The following histories are relevant and should be volunteered during your consultation:
Prolonged Menstrual Cycle
The average length of a normal menstrual cycle is 28 days. A menstrual cycle that is shorter than 21 days and longer than 35 days is considered abnormal. A long menstrual cycle, ie every 2 to 3 months, or amenorrhea (no menses at all) implies a failure of ovulation. In other words, there is no mature egg released from the ovary and there will not be fertilization by the sperm.
History of Sexually Transmitte Disease (STD)
The infection of STDs such as gonorrhea and chlamydia may cause the formation of pus cells in the testis, vas deferens, bladder, or urethra. These pus cells will decrease sperm motility and associate with male infertility. The infection may also lead to the formation of scar tissue and block sperm passage.