Infertility and Hormone Testing

Dec 23, 2016 @ 10:00 AM – by CARE Fertility

A woman smiling, pleased that she has undergone hormone testing as part of her fertility careAt The Center for Assisted Reproduction (CARE Fertility), we employ numerous diagnostic technologies and fertility testing methods to help us pinpoint the underlying causes behind a couple’s infertility. The more of these causes we are able to identify, the more likely a fertility treatment plan will be successful in helping a couple to achieve successful pregnancy.

Among the more important diagnostic tests we perform at CARE Fertility are the hormonal tests that we are able to perform on site. Hormonal imbalances are among the leading causes of infertility in women; however, once they are identified, it is often possible to customize an infertility treatment plan that is successful. In discussing infertility and hormone testing during consultations at our Dallas, TX fertility center, our reproductive specialists carefully explain the tests that are available, the hormones they measure, and how those hormones can affect fertility.

If you would like further information on hormone testing, we invite you to schedule your initial consultation at CARE Fertility today.

Types of Hormone Tests Available at CARE Fertility

At CARE Fertility, we are able to do all hormonal testing on site with the Immulite system. This means that we do not have to rely on an outside commercial laboratory for results. We are able to obtain precise results from blood samples in an hour or two.

We are able to perform the following hormonal tests on site at CARE Fertility:

  • Estradiol: Estradiol is the hormone responsible for the proper development of the female’s reproductive organs, including the vagina, fallopian tubes, and endometrium. It is also the catalyst for ovulation and helps to maintain the eggs in a woman’s ovarian reserve. Abnormal estradiol levels may interfere with proper ovulation in some women.
  • Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH): This hormone helps to regulate egg production and menstrual cycles. The FSH test is a good gauge of a woman’s ovarian reserve and overall ovarian function. High FSH levels on day three of a woman’s menstrual cycle are an indicator of poor egg quality.
  • Luteinizing hormone (LH): This hormone triggers the release of eggs from the ovaries and stimulates production of progesterone, a hormone that prepares the uterus to receive a fertilized egg. High levels of LH in the blood on day three of a woman’s menstrual cycle are a possible indicator of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a common cause of female infertility.
  • Progesterone: Progesterone, as stated above, prepares the uterus to receive a fertilized egg. High levels of progesterone on day three of a woman’s menstrual cycle are associated with low pregnancy rates.

Learn More about Infertility and Hormone Testing

If you would like to learn more about the connection between infertility and hormone levels, or you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our fertility specialists to discuss the various hormonal testing options available in-house at our fertility clinic, please contact The Center for Assisted Reproduction (CARE Fertility) today. We would be pleased to answer any questions you might have and assist you in scheduling an appointment.

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