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What Is Day 3 Testing for Fertility Treatments?

By CARE Fertility on January 26, 2015

A fertility test in a labAt the Center for Assisted Reproduction, we have helped patients in and around the greater Dallas area achieve their goals of starting a family. Proper fertility testing is a key to successful pregnancy and live birth, which is why we always take such analysis seriously. With this in mind, let's look at Day 3 testing and what it involves.

About Day 3 Testing

Day 3 testing refers to various tests that are performed to assess a woman's reproductive health and then determine the ideal way to increase her chances of successful pregnancy and live birth. These tests are performed on the third day of a woman's menstrual cycle in order to check the level of various hormones.

Patients should be familiar with their own cycles and help with the timing of the testing. Your fertility specialist can go over various testing concerns with you in greater detail as part of the consultation process.

Why Day 3 Testing Is Important

Day 3 tests are a crucial part of the preparation for in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other reproductive health procedures. Without proper Day 3 testing, a woman may not receive the treatment that she needs to start a family. In fact, the Day 3 testing allows for greater customization of fertility treatment, noting which fertility drugs to prescribe and also how to go about the whole fertility treatment process in general to meet the needs of an individual.

What Day 3 Testing Reveals to Fertility Specialists

Usually during Day 3 testing, the following hormones are measures and evaluated:

  • Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) - Produced by the pituitary gland, FSH is responsible for the maturation and development of eggs. If FSH levels are high on Day 3, this could signal issues with the patient's ovarian reserve.
  • Estradiol (E2) - E2 is produced by the ovaries themselves and should be in generally low in this early part of a woman's menstrual cycle. High E2 levels might suggest an ovarian cyst or issues with the patient's ovarian reserve.
  • Luteinizing Hormone (LH) - Also produced by the pituitary gland, LH levels increase prior to ovulation. Certain levels of LH may be a sign of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
  • Prolactin - Produced by the pituitary gland, prolactin is necessary for the production of breast milk. Issues with prolactin levels may be linked to other pituitary problems.

Proceeding After Test Results Come In

Once Day 3 testing is completed, a treatment plan can be devised that will allow patients to get the fertility treatment that they need. Sometimes a secondary Day 3 test may be performed the month after the initial one in order to determine if hormone levels fluctuate or remain consistent, and to address possible problems or anomalies with the initial findings.

Rest assured that after the Day 3 test is completed, patients will be able to receive exceptional care and will be able to find out what kinds of fertility treatments would be most ideal for them.

Schedule a Consultation at the Center for Assisted Reproduction

To learn more about fertility treatment options and how we can help you start the family that you have always wanted to have, be sure to contact our team of fertility specialists today. At the Center for Assisted Reproduction, our team is well-versed in various treatment options and will help you when you need our assistance.

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