Irish Journal of Medical Science

, Volume 148, Supplement 1, pp 35–52 | Cite as

The biochemical investigation of the infertile couple

  • R. R. L. O’Moore


The routine biochemical investigation of the infertile couple involves the estimation of basal levels of steroid sex hormones, gonadotrophins and prolactin. Problems associated with the timing and interpretation of these measurements are discussed.

Algorithmic protocols which integrate the basal hormonal levels with dynamic tests for the more complete assessment of the hypothalmic-pituitary-gonadal axes are described. Treatment of infertility is sometimes expensive and may be hazardous. Efficient diagnosis is therefore important.


Luteinizing Hormone Anorexia Nervosa Follicle Stimulate Hormone Bromocriptine Clomiphene 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. R. L. O’Moore
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  1. 1.Department of Clinical ChemistryFederated Dublin Voluntary HospitalsDublinIreland

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