Prerequisite Testing

Certain tests must be performed prior to initiating a cycle of IVF. Some are required by law and others by national standards of care. Other tests are important to rule out problems that could reduce your chance of conception or increase the risk to mother or baby.

MANDATORY PRIOR TO IVF

Female
HIV
Hepatitis B antigen
Hepatitis C antibody
RPR
Pap smear
Blood group, Rh, and antibody screen
 
Male
HIV
Hepatitis B antigen
Hepatitis C antibody
RPR
Complex semen analysis, antisperm antibodies, and strict morphology

STRONGLY RECOMMENDED PRENATAL TESTS

All Patients

Female
Rubella titer
Varicella titer
Cystic fibrosis carrier screen *
Cervical swab for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia
Male
Cystic fibrosis carrier screen *

Patients of Jewish Eastern European Orgin

Female
Tay Sachs
Canavan’s
Gaucher’s
Bloom’s
Niemann-Pick
Fanconi’s anemia
Male
These tests are performed on the male if his partner has a positive test result.

Patients of French Canadian and Cajun Origin

Female
Tay Sachs (enzymatic)
Male
 

Patients of Mediterranean Origin

Female
Hemoglobin electrophoresis
Male
 

Patients of African or African American Origin

Female
Hemoglobin electrophoresis
Male
 

Patients of Asian Origin

Female
Hemoglobin electrophoresis
Male
 

Patients with Family history of Mental Retardation

Female
Fragile X
Male
 


If you are an oocyte donor, several additional tests are required. These include blood testing for evidence of previous or current cytomegalovirus (CMV infection), a genetic consultation to evaluate your family medical history, and a psychological screening interview.

*Test one partner first. If he or she is positive, test the other.

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