What is Fertility Screening?
A fertility screening is useful for any couple who has plans to start a family and would like to
learn more about their reproductive health.
It is never too early to have your fertility health assessed and to promptly identify any
contributing factors that may affect your chances of a natural pregnancy. This will help you as a
couple make informed decisions towards family planning and a healthy pregnancy, especially when age
is a contributing factor to declining fertility.
What you should know
A fertility assessment is performed by a gynaecologist and is often a relatively simple and short
process for both husband and wife. It can help couples identify specific issues that may be
preventing them from getting pregnant successfully or explain the reason for early or recurrent
miscarriages, if any.
While most of the tests in a fertility check-up are centred on the wife, there is also a critical
test for husbands to undergo. There could be one or more factors that affect a couples’ chances of
getting pregnant naturally, and it could be due to the woman, man or even both. Remember, pregnancy
takes two hands to clap!
One of the biggest misconceptions that many people have is that IVF is the only option available
after a fertility test. However, there are other options that couples may try even before exploring
IVF in Singapore. For example, ovulation stimulation and intra-uterine insemination. One of our
gynaecologists even observed that out of 10 patients who seek help for fertility issues, only 2–3 go
on to IVF. Therefore, do not be resistant to seeking help if fertility is an issue.
Based on the fertility test results, the gynaecologist can confirm if there is indeed a fertility
problem, and if the problem can be corrected. He or she will then go through the various fertility
treatment options with the couple or refer the couple to a gynaecologist who sub-specialises in