Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after 12 months of trying and affects 1 in 6 Australian couples.
There are many reasons why a woman may struggle to conceive including a blockage in the fallopian tubes, lack of ovulation, or lifestyle issues such as high stress. This fertility test assesses whether your hormones are in the correct balance to achieve a pregnancy.
Hormones communicate to create the right environment for conception, such as the maturation and properly timed release of healthy eggs from the ovaries, and preparation of the uterus lining for implantation. A hormone imbalance can significantly disrupt this delicate system reducing the chance of a successful pregnancy. Sadly many women waste months or even years trying to conceive before they discover a hormone imbalance. This fertility test can give you the answers now so you won’t need to waste precious time before taking action.
Sex hormones (in conjunction with adrenal and thyroid hormones) exert powerful effects on the body. Knowing the function and levels of these hormones is a positive step in creating hormone balance and achieving wellbeing.
Stimulates follicle growth in the ovaries and also prepares the uterus for implantation. High day 3 levels may indicate a cyst in the ovary or reduced ovarian reserves.
Stimulates the ovary to mature an egg. High levels indicate poor ovarian reserves which means the quality and quantity of eggs may be low. This doesn’t necessarily mean that pregnancy is impossible, but it may be more difficult to achieve.
Governs the menstrual cycle, peaking before ovulation. Raised LH can signal that a woman is not ovulating, is menopausal or that the hormones are not in balance. A high LH/FSH ratio can indicate Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
A normal FSH:LH ratio is 1. However if FSH levels are much higher than LH levels then this suggests poor ovarian reserve.
High levels commonly seen in polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) which can lead to difficulties in conceiving. Symptoms can include irregular periods, loss of hair from the head, excess facial and body hair, unexplained weight gain and acne.
Most testosterone is strongly bound to sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG). This test measures the proportion of unbound testosterone which is available to the body's tissues.
FAI is a ratio used to determine abnormal androgen status. The ratio is the total testosterone level divided by the SHBG level, and then multiplying by a constant.
Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) is a protein that binds tightly to testosterone and oestradiol. Changes in SHBG levels can affect the amount of hormone that is available to be used by the body's tissues.
This blood test should be completed on Day 3 of the menstrual cycle (which is the third day of menstrual bleeding).
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