Examinations and tests prior to insemination
Before we can inseminate you at Gaia Pregnancy Clinic, you must be tested for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Hepatitis B & C and HIV. The results of these tests must be presented prior to the first insemination.
Additionally we recommend a gynecological examination with a SMEAR.
Venereal diseases or STDs
Some women may have STDs without any symptoms. These could be Chlamydia, Gonorrhea or other bacterial infections.
If a woman has an infection and is inseminated, there is a risk of spreading the infection through the oviducts to the abdomen. This can lead to a serious infection in other vital organs. We therefore require a negative Chlamydia and Gonorrhea test prior to the insemination. You must bring documentation for the tests to the clinic.
Throughout the treatment you must be cautious regarding your sexual activities and risk of infection. Unprotected sex, even with a partner you trust, poses always a potential risk of infection. If You at any point are in doubt whether or not You may have been at risk of infection, we recommend that you for your own safety repeat the tests. We trust that you will take care of yourself and assume responsibility for your health.
Diseases that may affect the fetus.
These examinations are not mandatory but as some infections may present a risk for the unborn fetus, we recommend that you be tested.
If a pregnant woman contracts rubella during her first trimester, there is a very good chance that she will pass it on to her fetus. There is also a risk that the infection will result in a miscarriage. Most women today are vaccinated, but should you have any doubt regarding your immune status, we advise you to seek medical assistance. If you require a vaccination, please note that you must wait 3 months before starting insemination.
You can read more about Rubella here.
The Fifth Disease or Parvovirus
Fifth disease is a common childhood illness that’s usually pretty mild. But if You get infected during pregnancy, it may hurt your baby.
A blood sample can show if you are immune to the disease.
People with young children and who work with children (such as child care providers and teachers) are most likely to come in contact with fifth disease and get infected. If you suspect that you may have been exposed and possibly infected seek medical assistance for further care.
Read more about The Fifth Disease/Parvovirus here.
Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii, which can cause complications for your baby during pregnancy. Largest risks of infection are eating undercooked meat and touching cat poop.
Read more about Toxoplasmosis here.
Listeriosis is food poisoning caused by a bacteria called Listeria. Listeria may be found in the soil, water, animals and animal poop or fertilizer. Most infections are caused by eating unpasteurized food.
Read more about Listeriosis here.
It is not mandatory that you have an ultrasound before inseminations however we do recommend it as part of a health examination. An ultrasound will show that your uterus and ovaries look normal.
A hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is an X-ray test that looks at the inside of the uterusand oviducts and the area around them. It often is done for women who are having a hard time becoming pregnant (infertile).
A contrast material is injected into the vagina and will spread through the oviducts to show if there is an injury or abnormal structure of the uterus or oviducts, or a blockage that would prevent an egg moving through an oviduct to the uterus. A blockage also could prevent sperm from moving into an oviduct fertilizing an egg. A hysterosalpingogram also may find problems on the inside of the uterus that prevent a fertilized egg from attaching (implanting) to the uterine wall.
Another test, a sonohysterogram (SHG), may be more accurate than a hysterosalpingogram for looking at uterine fibroids or polyps. SHG usesultrasound to watch the movement of a salt solution (saline) that is injected into the uterus. SHG does not use X-rays or an iodine dye.