Fertility Definitions





This is a simple blood test for females which can be done at any time in your cycle (*see below). We offer it in conjunction with our fertility packages. It gives information about the volume of eggs remaining in your ovaries so can be helpful when assessing current fertility or predicting future fertility, in particular if you are thinking of putting off pregnancy until you are older.

In general, it is not advisable to delay pregnancy past age 35. The test is also necessary pre-IVF.

The results of this test should not be taken in isolation as the only indicator of fertility as there are many factors involved. Repeating AMH after an interval can also be useful.

You will have a consultation with the doctor and a phonecall about the results 1-2 weeks later. The level reduces with age, and can be falsely elevated with polycystic ovaries.

  • * if you attend on day 3 of your period you can also have a FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone) test giving some extra information about fertility status. In contrast to AMH which falls with age, FSH rises as you approach menopause and lose fertility.



As part of our fertility packages, you can have blood tests done to help figure out if you are ovulating most months.

Your progesterone level should rise to a significant peak 7 days after ovulation (‘Peak +7 test’), which is approximately 7 days before your next period if you don’t conceive.

If you have a 28-day cycle, come on day 21 for this test.

If you have a 35-day cycle, come on day 28 for it etc.

If your cycle is unpredictable, it is difficult to get the date right for this test. We advise doing Peak +7 test on 3 different months/cycles to get more information about whether you are ovulating most months. In conjunction with this test, it is often helpful to use ovulation test kits (available in pharmacies) to help detect the LH surge which indicates ovulation, if in doubt about when you ovulate.

After your initial consultation, these follow-on visits cost €60



It is strongly recommended to get semen analysis for any couple who are investigating a failure to conceive. Male factors are involved in at least 25% of cases of subfertility.

In your consultation, you will be advised of the procedure involved – which basically involves taking a sample at home (or nearer the hospital if you live far from Galway) during office hours, and delivering it immediately to the lab for analysis.

Sperm motility reduces significantly once outside the body and it is not possible to get an accurate reading once an hour has passed.


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