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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Even if you get a cycle every month is it possible that you are still not fertile?
Patients who have regular menstrual cycles are probably ovulating (making an egg). However, there are other ways to definitively determine this, such as a blood test to check for a hormone in the blood that is made following ovulation.
The definition of infertility is failure to become pregnant after 12 months of trying. Following that, a work-up for infertility is recommended, consisting of a blood test to check for ovulation, a semen analysis to check your husband/partner's sperm counts, and a dye test (hysterosalpingogram or HSG) to see if your fallopian tubes are open.
Daniel B Williams, MD
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati