Fertility is a focus area within the Gynaecology specialism. Fertility or VEVO (VoortplantingsEndocrinologie en VruchtbaarheidsOnderzoek [Reproductive Endocrinology and Fertility Studies]) focuses on couples who have been unable to conceive over a longer period of time.
Conception cannot always be taken for granted. Most couples conceive within one or two years. If you are having problems conceiving, you can contact your GP, who can then refer you to the Gynaecology Outpatient Clinic at Amstelland Hospital.
At our outpatient clinic, the gynaecologist will examine the potential causes of reduced fertility (exploratory fertility examination). The gynaecologist will also provide advice regarding the treatment options and will carry out the treatments.
Fertility treatment is often an emotional and difficult process. The gynaecologist will therefore devote a lot of attention to the emotional side of fertility problems and treatments.
IUI, IVF, ICSI treatment
Amstelland Hospital works together with the fertility outpatient clinic at the VU University Medical Centre. This means that the entire exploratory fertility process can take place at Amstelland Hospital, but if IUI, IVF or ICSI are carried out, the laboratories at the VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam are used.
What does the examination entail?
1. Initial interview
During the initial interview, you will answer questions about your desire to have children, your general health and about any potential conditions and/or fertility problems that may run in your family.
2. Examination of the woman (see also: exploratory fertility examination)
- After the initial interview, blood tests may be conducted.
- The fertility doctor or gynaecologist will also perform an internal examination by means of an ultrasound. This will allow the womb and ovaries to be seen and examined.
- If necessary, a cervical culture may be taken with the help of a speculum, and an internal examination may be performed (vaginal examination).
- The fallopian tubes may also be examined to see if they are blocked.
- Under certain circumstances, we also carry out examinations for women receiving fertility treatment abroad.
3. Examination of the man (see also: male fertility problems)
- After the initial interview, a semen analysis is carried out at another time. The laboratory examines the quality of the sperm.
- If the outcome is abnormal, a physical examination will be carried out.