Blood Tests (Men and Women)
All female patients attending Barbados Fertility Center are tested for Rubella (German Measles) immunity. If there is no natural immunity to Rubella, then vaccination must be undertaken before commencing treatment. This eliminates the potential danger of the effects of Rubella with early pregnancy.
2. Ovarian Reserve (AMH) Test
An AMH test gives us some insight into the remaining quantity of eggs and number of fertile years you may have. The AMH test is useful if you have been trying to conceive for over six months, and want to check your ovarian reserve is appropriate for your age
There are four reasons for performing this test:
- Pregnancy may have a negative impact on the health of an HIV+ woman.
- the risk of transmitting the HIV virus to a child during childbirth.
- the theoretical risk of frozen embryos / gamates transmitting the virus to other patient’s embryos/gametes.
- the risk to Barbados Fertility Center staff that are handling body fluids from a large population on a daily basis. We would be required to take special precautions with samples from HIV positive patients.
4. Hepatitis B and C
Hepatitis has similar risks to HIV. Hepatitis is more infectious than HIV, although the death rate is much lower. Both partners should be tested. These tests are also of vital importance for the freezing of couples gametes and embryos.