How Do Fertility Tests Work?

50 million couples suffer from infertility worldwide. How do fertility tests work when you need to monitor your hormonal health? LetsGetChecked have the answers. Replace waiting lists and worry with convenience and time-efficiency with at home testing.


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How Do Female Fertility Tests Work?


Ovarian Reserve Test

Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) is a hormone secreted by cells in ovarian follicles. From the moment you are born, the number of eggs in your ovaries are decreasing.

Your level of Anti-Mullerian Hormone indicates how many eggs you have. The Ovarian Reserve test measures the level of AMH (Anti Mullerian Hormone) in your blood, offering a good indication of the number of eggs you have left. This can help indicate your fertility potential, both for the present and the future.

If a woman's AMH levels are below what is normal for her age, this indicates that her chances of becoming pregnant are lower than what is expected for her age. If you are thinking about having IVF, this test can also gives you an indication of how you are likely to respond to treatment. You can purchase your Ovarian Reserve Test here.


Female Hormone Test

This test is for anyone who is curious about their fertility status or are at risk of polycystic ovarian syndrome. The female hormone must be taken on Day 3 of the menstrual cycle. It is recommended that no hormonal contraceptives are being taken at this time. The female hormone test examines:

Follicle Stimulating Hormone is so called because it stimulates the growth of ovarian follicles before the egg is released in the fallopian tube. It controls the menstrual cycle and the production of eggs. It is responsible for pubertal maturation. Levels of follicle stimulating hormone vary throughout a woman’s cycle but they are at their highest when an egg is being released. The test checks your level of follicle stimulating hormone in the blood and by that technology can give you a clearer view of your ovarian reserve.

Luteinizing Hormone is responsible for ovulation. It works in conjunction with follicle stimulating hormone to trigger the release of the egg. Elevated levels of luteinizing hormone indicates ovarian failure or polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Prolactin is responsible for the production of breast milk after childbirth. High levels of prolactin in the blood can indicate that you are perimenopausal, experiencing thyroid issues or ovulation is being suppressed.

Oestradiol is responsible for sexual function and the development of secondary sexual characteristics. It maintains eggs within the ovaries. High levels of oestradiol can suppress follicle stimulating hormone. The Female Hormone Test offers a clear view of your fertility status, purchase the Female Hormone Test here.


Progesterone Ovulation Test

Progesterone is a female hormone that prepares the uterus for implantation of a fertilized egg. Following implantation of a fertilized egg, progesterone maintains the uterine lining during pregnancy. The Progesterone-Ovulation test at LetsGetChecked monitors ovulation on Day 21 of your period. By examining progesterone in the blood, the test can decipher whether you are ovulating. You can purchase the test Progesterone Ovulation Test here.


How Do Male Fertility Tests Work?


There are a number of factors that affect male fertility. The LetsGetChecked range of tests cover everything from vitamins to overall hormonal health.

Know your vitamins: Basic Vitamin Test

Men who have a high level of folate in their system have a higher sperm count and healthier semen. In one study, it was found that men who took a combination of zinc and folate supplements increased their sperm count by 74%.

Vitamin D is essential in maintaining a healthy reproductive tract and sperm count. The Basic Vitamin test measures the blood for folate, vitamin D and vitamin B12. The test will offer you an essential insight into maintaining your reproductive health. You can purchase your Basic Vitamin Test here.

Monitor your hormonal health: Male Hormone Test Plus

The Male Hormone Test Plus provides a comprehensive view of male hormonal health by measuring:

  • Testosterone
  • Sex Hormone Binding Globulin
  • Free Androgen Index
  • Oestradiol
  • Testosterone is responsible for the production of sperm. It plays a part in sex drive, fat distribution, bone mass, muscle size and strength and red blood cell production.

Sex Hormone Binding Globulin(SHBG) binds sex hormones to one-another so they can be transported through the bloodstream.

Free Androgen Index indicates testosterone levels based on the level of testosterone compared to sex hormone-binding globulin.

Oestradiol is a female hormone. High levels of oestradiol in a man can lead to erectile dysfunction, enlarged breast tissue, increased abdominal fat, feelings of tiredness and type 2 diabetes.

The male hormone test calculates the amount of usable testosterone in the system. Irregular or low levels of testosterone will indicate whether further support and testing is advised. Order your Male Hormone Test today.

It’s good to know your sexual health: Complete 11 Test

80% of sexually transmitted infections are asymptomatic. Detection is essential in ensuring there are no long-term health issues. STIs can cause infertility in males if the structures of the reproductive tract such as the urethra or epididymis become infected. It’s as important to protect your partner as it is to protect yourself. Chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause long terms consequences such as pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy and infertility in women. The Complete 11 tests for:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Trichomonas
  • Gardnerella
  • Mycoplasma
  • Ureaplasma
  • Herpes Simplex
  • Herpes Simplex II
  • HIV
  • Syphilis
  • Hepatitis B

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