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Describes some of the possible reactions to infertility investigations.

Infertility investigations

Infertility investigations may affect couples in several ways.

The doctor will order initial investigations to find out the possible cause of infertility. While awaiting the results of these tests, you may feel very tense; the fear of unknown. The results of the tests may reveal a significant fertility problem such as complete absence of sperm in the ejaculate, which may leave you in a state of shock, and unable to understand the facts presented to you. However, this may not always be the case, some times all the tests results would be normal and leave you with no clear reasons for your infertility. A vicious circle can thus be formed. Temporary infertility may lead to tension which in turn lead to sexual dysfunction (e.g. impotence or vaginismus) and reproductive malfunction (e.g. failure of ovulation) and thus perpetuate infertility. Apart from having to come to terms with their infertility problem, the usual reaction is why me and why us.

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