Book Now

GAY MAN'S PATH TO BECOMING A PARENT

A must-attend event for any gay man who wants to become a father. We will discuss the obstacles and unlock the path to parenthood.

Register

×

IVF Testing

At our offices in Glendale and Los Angeles, CA, Dr. Vicken Sahakian, Dr. Michele Evans, and Dr. Yvonne Yanqing Han can provide any necessary IVF testing for hopeful parents, donors, and surrogates. This process helps our patients experience the best possible outcome on their journey to parenthood. We will not repeat any tests that were performed within a year of the projected treatment cycle with us.

Pre-Treatment Cycle Testing

Blood Test

Blood test to check the ovarian reserve, called FSH and Estradiol, done on the 2nd or 3rd day of the period. This test can be done at a local laboratory also. A test requisition can be faxed at the patient’s request.

Ultrasound

An ultrasound to check the Antral Follicle Count and ovarian reserve along with fluid instillation inside the uterine cavity to assess the adequacy of the uterus to carry a pregnancy (Fluid Ultrasound Examination).

Mock Embryo Transfer

Blood test to check the ovarian reserve, called FSH and Estradiol, done on the 2nd or 3rd day of the period. This test can be done at a local laboratory also. A test requisition can be faxed at the patient’s request.
Completion of the Pre-Treatment testing is required by State and Federal law, in addition to in-house Policy. A list of these tests is outlined in a later section. Some of these tests can also be performed at a local laboratory. A Semen Analysis is part of this testing.

Required Tests

HIV-1 & 2
AIDS causing virus. Anonymous egg/sperm donors who test positive will not be able to donate. A recipient/surrogate who tests positive will not be able to carry a pregnancy.

HTLV-1 & 2 (Human T-Lymphocytic Virus)
A virus similar to the HIV virus that can be associated with the causation of leukemia and certain neurologic diseases. The presence of HTLV will preclude any treatment involving the use of the individual as the egg source or the recipient. Anonymous egg/sperm donors who test positive will not be able to donate. A recipient who tests positive will not be able to carry a pregnancy.

Hepatitis B surface antigen (HepBsAg)
A blood test to check for the presence of the Hepatitis B virus. In case it is positive, treatment can still be performed but a consent form must be signed. Anonymous egg/sperm donors who test positive will not be able to donate.

Hepatitis B core antigen (HepBcore Ab)
A blood test to check for the presence of the Hepatitis B virus. In case it is positive, treatment can still be performed but a consent form must be signed. This test if often positive in patients who have acquired immunity to Hepatitis B, naturally or through immunization. Anonymous egg/sperm donors who test positive will not be able to donate.

Hepatitis C antibody (HepC Ab)
A blood test to check for the presence of Hepatitis C virus. In case it is positive, treatment can still be performed but a consent form must be signed. Anonymous egg/sperm donors who test positive will not be able to donate.

VDRL/RPR (Syphilis)
A blood test to check for the presence of Syphilis, a sexually transmitted disease. Anonymous egg/sperm donors who test positive will not be able to donate.

Gonorrhea and Chlamydia cultures
This test is performed during a pelvic examination and involves checking for the presence of the sexually transmitted diseases of Gonorrhea and Chlamydia. If present, both partners will need to be treated prior to treatment. Anonymous egg/sperm donors who test positive will not be able to donate for 12 months.

Gonorrhea and Chlamydia cultures
This test is performed during a pelvic examination and involves checking for the presence of the sexually transmitted diseases of Gonorrhea and Chlamydia. If present, both partners will need to be treated prior to treatment. Anonymous egg/sperm donors who test positive will not be able to donate for 12 months.

FSH/Estradiol
Blood hormone tests done on the 2nd or 3rd day of a menstrual cycle to check the ability of the ovaries to respond to fertility drugs and help us decide the amount of medication needed. This test if often combined with the Antral Follicle Count.

TSH
Thyroid stimulating hormone. This test checks the function of the Thyroid gland which can play a significant role in the success of infertility treatment and the health of the fetus during pregnancy.

Prolactin
A hormone secreted by the pituitary gland that can interfere with ovarian stimulation and embryo implantation.

Rubella
This is a test to check for the immunization status for German Measles. If the patient is not immune to it, she will have to be immunized and the treatment postponed by 1-2 months.

Varicella
This is a test to check for the immunization status against Chickenpox. If the patient is not immune to it, she will have to be immunized and the treatment postponed by 1-2 months.

CBC
Complete Blood Count. This test checks for abnormalities in blood, such as anemia.

Blood type and Antibody Screen
It is important to know the blood type of the patient prior to treatment especially if the recipient is negative and the sperm source is positive.

Pap smear
Done to check for cervical precancerous lesions.

CF screening
Cystic fibrosis screening. This test is performed to check the carrier status of this common genetic disease which occurs frequently in the general population with an incidence of 1/22.

Urine drug/cotinine screen
Done for surrogates and egg donors only.

Pelvic ultrasound to assess the uterus
The purpose of the ultrasound examination is to check the integrity of the uterus and rule out the presence of polyps or fibroids that can interfere with the success of the treatment. In addition, it is done to evaluate the status of the ovaries and rule out the presence of any cysts.

Hemoglobin Electrophoresis
A test commonly done to rule out the presence of genetic blood diseases such as Sickle Cell Disease, Hemophilia or Thalassemia.

Immune testing
These can include multiple tests such as Antiphospholipid antibodies, Thyroid antibodies, ANA, Lupus Anticoagulant, DQ genotyping, NK Cell Activity measurement, Immunophenotyping etc.. The physician will determine who is eligible to perform any of these tests.

Genetic testing
These may include testing for rare genetic disorders such as Gaucher d., Canavan d., Prader-Willi, Tay Sachs, etc. Genetic testing is performed depending on the history of the patient.

Semen Analysis
A test to check for the sperm count, motility and morphology.

SCSA
Sperm Chromatin Structure Assay. This test is to check for DNA fragmentation in the nucleus of sperm. An abnormally high level of fragmentation is associated with poor treatment outcome. We perform this test in men with history of repeated failures with no apparent cause.

Tests and Patient Types

In the following table, the most commonly required tests are shown for a particular type of patient:
Female Partner
HIV 1,2
Hep B s Ag
Hep C Ab
Syphilis
Chlamydia Gonorrhea
CBC
Prolactin
TSH
Blood Type Ab Screen
Rubella
Varicella
CMV
Pap smear
Cystic Fibrosis (Optional)
Other Genetic Testing
Mammogram If age>39
Medical Clearance If age>44
EKG If age>44
Male Partner
HIV 1,2 HTLV 1,2
Hep B s Ag
Hep C Ab
Syphilis
CBC
Blood Type
Cystic Fibrosis (Optional)
Other Genetic Testing
Egg Donor
HIV 1,2
Hep B s Ag Hep B core
Hep C Ab
Syphilis
Chlamydia Gonorrhea
CBC
Prolactin
TSH
Blood Type
Pap smear
Urine Drug Screen
Cystic Fibrosis
Other Genetic Testing
Sperm Donor
HIV 1,2 HTLV 1,2
Hep B s Ag Hep B core
Hep C Ab
Syphilis
Chlamydia Gonorrhea
CBC
Blood Type
CMV
Cystic Fibrosis
Other Genetic Testing
Surrogate
HIV 1,2
Hep B s Ag
Hep C Ab
Syphilis
Chlamydia Gonorrhea
CBC
Prolactin
TSH
Blood Type Ab Screen
Rubella
Varicella
CMV
Pap smear
Urine Drug Screen
Surrogate’s Partner
HIV 1,2
Hep B s Ag
Hep C Ab
Syphilis