All patients attending Fertility North are screened for a number of conditions. Tests are carried out on both partners (if applicable), and consist of mainly blood tests, but a urine test is also performed.
A series of tests to obtain a blood count, blood group, chromosome count, hormone levels and an infection screen is performed on all patients involved in treatment.
All patients are additionally tested for their appropriate reproductive hormone levels, and males have a prostate cancer screen.
This is done so that the clinic can diagnose if there is an infective cause of the fertility problem, and also to protect the laboratory staff at Fertility North, who could be handling semen and eggs (gametes) and blood from our patients.
These tests are performed on a yearly basis so that the tests are current in any ongoing treatment cycles.
During an investigative or treatment cycle, the female patient will be required to undertake regular blood tests. The results of these blood tests are closely monitored by our Team to help determine the next appropriate course of action during your cycle, and by your Specialist to ascertain the best treatment option/s for you going forward.
Unfortunately, as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak, Fertility North is no longer able to provide onsite blood testing facilities. Existing patients will notice that their results may not be available as early in the day as they were with in-house testing – we apologise for this inconvenience, which is unfortunately beyond our control.
With that in mind, we have been working hard behind the scenes with our pathology provider, Clinipath, to secure the following dedicated locations for patient hormone tracking.
The list to the right is indicative only and we highly recommend checking the Clinipath website for the most up to date list of specialist tracking locations.
Patient blood test request forms now have a QR code on the reverse. Open the camera on your smart phone and scan the code to load the Clinipath website where you can filter locations by the service type (𝗙𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗧𝗿𝗮𝗰𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴) and time (𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗻 𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗹𝘆, 𝗯𝗲𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝟵𝗮𝗺) to find your nearest collection centre.
Staff at these locations have undertaken additional training to appreciate the unique needs of fertility patients and are aware of the time constraints for fertility tracking bloods.
We advise patients to attend their nearest designated CLINIPATH collection centre, as listed on the Clinipath website, for all in-cycle blood tests.
Please note that your blood sample MUST be collected by the cut-off time to ensure Fertility North receives the result of your blood tests that day.
Please note that not all centres are open all days. For a comprehensive breakdown of which Clinipath location is open when, please see their website and filter your search by “Fertility Tracking” and “Open early (before 9.00am)“