Certain causes of infertility, irregular menstrual cycles, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), hirsutism, and other problems may be a direct result of abnormalities with one or more of the reproductive hormones. At The Center for Advanced Reproductive Medicine & Fertility, we have the capability to perform a comprehensive evaluation of your reproductive hormones in the comfort of our office and we have availability of staff and technicians seven days per week. The doctors at The Center for Advanced Reproductive Medicine & Fertility have years of experience in interpreting these test results and can offer potential treatment options.
Reproductive Hormone Tests Performed Here
A cornerstone of the female fertility evaluation is the measurement of day three hormone levels including Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), LH, estrogen, androgens, thyroid hormone, etc. FSH is perhaps the most important hormonal test that a woman should undergo. Usually performed on day 3 of the menstrual cycle, this test can provide some information about ovarian reserve (how many eggs you have available) and whether hormonal stimulation is likely to improve egg yield for fertility procedures. An abnormal, or high, FSH level can mean that it will be more difficult for the woman to conceive. The FSH level will be elevated in women who have reduced ovarian reserve and the degree of elevation correlates with “egg quality” and the chances of conception.
The LH (luteinizing hormone) test is used to see how your body responds when it is time to release eggs during ovulation. Your LH should rise during this part of the month. Estrogen (ovarian function), androgens (adrenal function), thyroid stimulating hormones or TSH (thyroid secretions, where fluctuations or improper rate of secretions can cause irregular periods) and other reproductive hormone tests give our doctors a sense of how healthy your body is and how ready it is to carry and bear a child. Similarly, these tests often show us where a chemical imbalance lies, so we can correct it, adjust it, or diagnose it.
We may also take a blood sample for an AMH test, which analyzes your Anti-Mullerian Hormone, indicating the health of your ovarian reserve. This is often a more precise measure of egg reserve than FSH, but our fertility center generally requests another lab to run these reproductive hormone tests. This test can usually be administered on any day of a woman’s cycle. Also, patients with higher AMH levels typically respond well to ovarian stimulation, meaning our doctors are able to retrieve several eggs at a time, increasing the likelihood of egg fertilization.
Please keep in mind:
At all points during your visits with the Center for Advanced Reproductive Medicine & Fertility, please be as honest and detailed as you can about any medicines or supplements you are taking, as this may affect test results or when tests are conducted. For Day 3 blood testing, we may ask you to please fast (refrain from eating) prior to your appointment, as eating or drinking anything but water in the hours before the reproductive hormone test can affect your results. If you have any questions, please call us at 732-339-9300 or contact us online.