Awesome lecture. Would definitely sign up for more classes with
Leslie Oldershaw.

~Jana

Lab tests are a valuable assessment tool. They allow the clinician a behind-the scenes look at the functional metabolism of the patient, providing both an initial diagnosis and a benchmark for measuring the success of a treatment plan. In the world of fertility, lab tests are a common language shared by different practitioners. While the topic may at first appear complicated, with a little time and familiarity the alphabet soup begins to sort itself into a discernible pattern.

Let us consider what is needed in order to conceive: sperm, eggs, open fallopian tubes, and a healthy uterine environment. Age is the one factor that affects fertility for all women. The most important task of the fertility specialist is to assist patients in maximizing their window of opportunity. The ability to spot red flags in a patient’s work-up will allow the practitioner to effectively guide the patient in considering the most appropriate options in a timely fashion. Red flags include male fertility factor (poor sperm), diminished ovarian reserve (an indicator of both potential egg quantity and quality), blocked fallopian tubes, an impaired uterine environment, and any other significant metabolic or hormonal imbalances that may interfere with one’s fertility.

Outline

  • Introduction (1.0 BIOMED)
    • Summary of the information to be presented during the workshop, providing a framework to participants that will contextualize the myriad of details to follow.
    •  Timelines: A discussion of the appropriate timelines for performing the different lab tests; this will facilitate a better understanding of appropriate case management.
    • Types of testing: This section will differentiate between blood, saliva, and urine tests, describing the pros and cons of each.
  • Basic fertility workup (1.0 BIOMED) An introduction to the lab tests that comprise the basic fertility work-up, leading to a familiarity of what labs should be included.
    • Diagnostic tests defined: In-depth examination of the individual markers found in the fertility work-up, resulting in a more thorough understanding of the lab tests.
  • Comprehensive wellness panel (1.0 BIOMED) An introduction to the lab tests that comprise a comprehensive wellness panel, leading to a familiarity of what labs should be included.
    • Diagnostic tests defined: In-depth examination of the individual markers found in the comprehensive wellness panel, resulting in a more thorough understanding of the lab tests.
  • Lab tests (1.0 BIOMED) Review of spreadsheet containing reference ranges for various lab tests: This document provides a quick reference for evaluating lab results; reviewing this synopsis will serve to summarize the lab tests used to evaluate fertility and reproductive health.
  • Assessment of Lab Markers (1.0 BIOMED) This section delves into the nuanced interpretation of lab markers to establish a pattern of imbalance and/or pathology.
  • Case management (1.0 BIOMED) In the final hour we will focus on the practical application of the information derived from lab tests in the clinical setting. How do the numbers help to determine the most suitable treatment options? When is it appropriate to refer to a specialist?

Course Reviews

Very great class

I really did not find the material helpful. It was too basic.

~Angela

Awesome lecture. Would definitely sign up for more classes with
Leslie Oldershaw.

~Jana

Excellent lecture.

~Elena

Excellent overview and explanation of lab testing and hormonal
assessment for males and females in regards to fertility.

~Bernadine