Pre-pregnancy is the best time to get tested

The pre-trimester, the time prior to conception, is a time of preparation. When you see your doctor, certain tests can be performed based on your history and the doctor's examination. 

For example, if you think there is a possibility that you have a sexually transmitted disease, it is best to find out as soon as possible because it can affect not only your chances of getting pregnant but also the development of the pregnancy. Some medical issues and infections are treatable, and treatment should optimally be completed prior to conception.

Additionally, if there are genetic disorders that are common in your family you may want to be tested for those genetic abnormalities.

Preconception tests

The following is a comprehensive list of tests that you can do prior to your pregnancy, and prior to conception before getting pregnant:

  1. Male fertility testing: Sperm analysis
  2. Pap Smear
  3. TSH (checks thyroid)
  4. Sperm analysis
  5. Postcoital test (PCT)
  6. Check Ovulation with the basal body temperature curve (BBT)
  7. Cycle Day 3 tests if problems with TTC
  8. HIV
  9. Herpes
  10. Hepatitis B
  11. VDRL
  12. Vaginal tests for GC and Chlamydia
  13. Rubella titers
  14. Chickenpox titers
  15. Parvovirus B-19 (Fifth Disease) titers
  16. Cytomegalovirus titers
  17. Toxoplasmosis titers
  18. Type and Rh both partner's blood
  19. CBC and hemoglobin electrophoresis
  20. Genetic screening (based on ethnicity): Sickle Cell Screen, Thalassemia Screen, Jewish Genetic Disease

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