Following the consultation, all parties involved must undergo the tests prescribed by the physician. Most of the tests can be done in the public system, but some must be done at clinique ovo or at another specialized fertility centre.
Pre-conception and pre-donation work-up: A blood test and standard gynecological examination are prescribed for the recipient, and a blood test for her male partner (where applicable). These tests are intended to screen for infectious diseases that could be transmitted to the fetus or pose a risk to the pregnancy.
Pelvic ultrasound: An ultrasound is prescribed for the recipient to evaluate her uterus and ovaries, and to screen for any abnormalities. Depending on the recipient’s history and the ultrasound results, further testing may be requested.
Semen analysis: The recipient’s male partner (where applicable) will undergo a semen analysis to evaluate the quality of his sperm. Depending on the patient’s history and the results of the semen analysis, further testing or a Urology consultation may be requested.
IF THE RECIPIENT IS AGE 43 OR OLDER, OF IF SHE HAS A CONDITION THAT REQUIRES EVALUATION…
Metabolic work-up: An additional blood test will be prescribed to evaluate metabolic function.
Electrocardiogram: An electrocardiogram may be prescribed to rule out a heart problem or abnormal blood pressure.
Mammogram: A mammogram is recommended but not mandatory for all patients age 43 or older. It may be requested for patients with a family history of breast cancer, or depending on the patient’s situation.
Consultation in Obstetrics: A consultation in Obstetrics is required for all patients age 43 or older, as well as for all patients who present with a medical indication for this type of examination. The consultation will consist in an evaluation of the recipient’s overall health in view of a pregnancy, and a discussion of any additional risk associated with a possible pregnancy.
Pre-conception and pre-donation work-up: A blood test and a standard gynecological examination are prescribed for the donor. These tests are intended to screen for infectious diseases that could be transmitted during the treatment.
Ovarian reserve test: This test involves an ultrasound and hormone tests, which must be done at the start of the menstrual cycle to assess the donor’s fertility and confirm that she is a good candidate for ovarian stimulation.
Genetic testing: Genetic tests may be prescribed for the donor, depending on her history and the recipient couple’s wishes. In the case of a positive test or a family or personal history of a genetic abnormality, a Genetics consultation will be ordered.