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Some of the following investigations will be carried out at your first appointment. Others may be required at a later date. More detailed information on these tests are available from the Centre


  • An internal ultrasound scan to assess the womb and ovaries.
  •  Blood tests to check your hormone levels and to see if you are producing an egg(ovulating) each month.
  • Hysteroscopy - This is a minor operation to assess the lining of the womb.  It involves passing an instrument through the cervix into the womb. 

Tubal patency test - This will be done by one of the following two methods: 

  • Hysterosalpingogram  (HSG) - This is an x-ray examination of your womb and tubes and does not require an anaesthetic.
  • Laparoscopy and Dye Test - This is a minor operation, which is carried out under a general anaesthetic. An instrument is inserted into your tummy through a small cut just below your umbilicus (belly button) so that we can see your womb, tubes and ovaries.  At the same time blue dye will be passed through the vagina (front passage) and the cervix (neck of the womb).  If the tubes are open the dye will pass through them.
  • Semen Test (Sperm Count) (link to Andrology) to confirm the presence and movement of spermatozoa
  • Blood Tests   to check your hormone levels if necessary

 Male & Female

Chlamydia screening

All couples are screened for Chlamydia at their first appointment in the County Durham ACU. Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection and a common cause of infertility.

  • For the woman, the test involves taking a swab from the vaginal canal.
  • The man will be required to produce a urine sample.




'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly, efficiently and professionally with full explanations and compassion from all staff involved'.

Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital