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Hormone Tests

Female fertility health is intimately tied with hormonal balance. Hormones initiate egg development, signal proper ovulation time, and determine how the embryo implants in the uterus.

Hormone levels, balance, and timing must be precise. For this reason, we rely primarily on different types of hormonal tests to assess female fertility. A number of different hormones factor into fertility health.

Understanding your fertility early can help you plan ahead. Footsteps To Fertility makes it easy with a comprehensive fertility hormone test you can take.

Hormone Tests

The hormone tests include the following:

  • Luteinizing Hormone, which signals egg release from the ovaries
  • Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). This is the hormone that stimulates the fertile growth of the follicle containing the egg. If you are not having periods at all (amenorrhoea) it may be because this hormone is very low.
  • Estradiol, a hormone that prepares the uterus for embryo implantation
  • AMH (anti-Mullerian hormone) – an accurate predictor of the quantity of your remaining egg supply (ovarian reserve)
  • Progesterone
  • Total & Free Testosterone
  • Thyrotrophin (TSH). The level of this hormone is checked to see if the thyroid gland is underactive, which be linked with irregular periods.
  • Prolactin (PRL). This hormone is normally elevated during pregnancy as it plays an important role in the preparation and establishment of breastfeeding. It may be raised in women who are not pregnant but whose periods have ceased or become very infrequent. This may be due to a small tumour in the pituitary gland or the use of particular medications.
  • Androgens. Women with ovulation problems or who have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) may have elevated androgen levels.

What do the results mean?

Our fertility specialist will read and interpret the test results and thoroughly explain them to you.

While these results do not give a definitive answer, they offer an estimate of your fertility potential. You should also be aware that these tests do not guarantee future fertility, but the results will help answer questions about when and how to start planning your family.

Feel free to talk to us about your difficulties getting or staying pregnant. We can help you get to the root of your problem and offer treatments to help you have a baby.

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