Zekerheden en onzekerheden in het oriënterend fertiliteitsonderzoek

Translated title of the contribution: Certainties and uncertainties in the basic fertility work-up

Jan Willem Van der Steeg, Pieternel Steures, Ben Willem Mol

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The first guideline for the basic fertility work-up in the Netherlands was formulated in March 1995. Since then, new knowledge about several tests of the basic fertility work-up has been obtained. The accuracy of tests such as the Chlamydia antibody titre and the post-coital test has been analyzed in systematic reviews. The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of the basic fertility work-up and to speculate about possible changes in the future. The basic fertility work-up contains data on medical history and some additional tests, that allow calculation of a prognosis. In the medical history, female age, the duration of the subfertility and subfertility being primary or secondary are of critical importance. The basic fertility work-up also contains tests for cycle monitoring, a semen analysis, a post-coital test, a basal FSH and at least one test for tubal function. These data allow calculation of a prognosis of treatment independent pregnancy within 12 months.

Translated title of the contributionCertainties and uncertainties in the basic fertility work-up
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)42-46
Number of pages5
JournalTijdschrift voor Fertiliteitsonderzoek
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished or Issued - Jun 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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