Rubella status and Cervical Smear

It is important to confirm before treatment that you are immune to rubella (a blood test) and that your last cervical smear was performed within the previous 3 years and was normal.

Pelvic ultrasound scan

A scan is performed to ensure that there are no pre-existing and as yet undiagnosed pelvic abnormalities such as fibroids, polyps, swollen tubes, ovarian cysts etc before treatment is planned. When present, a discussion of their implications and treatment options can take place at your next clinic visit. In addition we assess certain features within your ovaries to assess your risk of ovarian hyper or under stimulation.

Genito-urinary Infection screen

It is prudent that we screen you for a potential coincidental infection in the genital tract which will reduce your success rate and increase your risk of infection after an egg collection or embryo transfer if not treated. This screening involves having appropriate swabs taken before treatment from both partners. We will provide information on tests required and usually your GP’s or local genito-urinary medicine clinics (upon referral from your GP) can help with these screening tests.

Mock Embryo Transfer

Those patients who have had previous surgery on the neck of the womb or who have fibroids will need a `mock’ embryo transfer. This is so that we can be as certain as possible that the real procedure will be uneventful. If difficulties are encountered we may need to take specific actions e.g. perform cervical dilatation under a general anaesthetic.