A postcoital test checks a woman's Reference cervical Opens New Window mucus after sex to see whether sperm are present and moving normally. This test may be used if a woman is not able to become pregnant (Reference infertility Opens New Window) and other tests have not found a cause.
The test is done 1 to 2 days before Reference ovulation Opens New Window when the cervical mucus is thin and stretchy and sperm can easily move through it into the Reference uterus Opens New Window. Within 2 to 8 hours after you have sex, your doctor collects and looks at a cervical mucus sample.
Many doctors question the value of the postcoital test to check for infertility. It is not done very often.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference October 22, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology