How FSH Tests the Level of a Woman’s Fertility

OvariesFollicle Stimulating Hormones (FSH) are secreted from a small gland in a woman’s brain – the anterior pituitary. FSH stimulates a woman’s ovaries to produce egg follicles. Dr. Laurence A. Jacobs regularly orders FSH testing to determine whether or not a woman is ovulating.

FSH Testing and Ovarian Reserve

If a woman is not ovulating, her FSH level may be either high or low – depending upon the cause. A woman’s ovarian reserve – egg supply – is measured through FSH level testing on days two, three or four of her menstrual cycle. The FSH test is accomplished through a simple blood draw.

Women are born with a finite number of eggs contained in sacs – follicles. A woman’s lifetime supply of eggs – ovarian reserve – gradually declines as her body releases them monthly. Ovarian reserves are essentially depleted when a woman’s body experiences menopause.

Other Diagnostic Testing for the Cause of Infertility

There are other testing methods that identify the cause of a woman’s infertility.

  • Estrogen – Estradiol serum level (E2) – Day 2, 3, or 4
  • Ultrasound Antral Follicle Count (US-AFC) – Day 2, 3, or 4
  • Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) level
  • Clomiphene Citrate Challenge Test – CCCT – Inhibin Serum Level

These tests predict the response of a woman’s ovaries to injectable fertility drugs that stimulate egg follicle production. FSH contains the same hormone that most injectable gonadotropin fertility mediations contain.

  • Ovarian Stimulation
  • Ovulation Induction

The quantity of eggs remaining in a woman’s ovarian reserve can be predicted, as well as their quality.

The Infertility Doctor’s Fertility Awareness Check Up

This check-up will uncover basic information about a couple’s future chances of getting pregnant. A Fertility Awareness Check Up will provide you with a thorough initial reproductive health assessment.

  • FSH level – Day 2, 3, or 4
  • Estrogen – Estradiol serum level (E2) – Day 2, 3, or 4
  • Ultrasound Antral Follicle Count (US-AFC) – Day 2, 3, or 4
  • Semen Analysis (SA) for men

Doctor Promoting Fertility Awareness

If you have been trying to get pregnant – but can’t – The Infertility Doctor recommends you promptly undergo a Fertility Awareness Check-Up. Click the icon below to schedule your consultation with The Infertility Doctor – or – call 888.325.7389.

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