We recommend this as the first to investigate into female infertility. It is performed 3 days after the start of your period (but it can also be taken on day 2 ,4 or 5). It is used to check your fertility and that your hormone levels can support the creation and release of healthy eggs.
This test includes (expand individual tests for details):
Follicle Stimulating Hormone is produced in the pituitary gland and is important for women in the production of eggs by the ovaries and for men in the production of sperm.
Luteinising Hormone (LH)
Luteinising Hormone (LH) is produced by the pituitary gland and is important for male and female fertility. In women it governs the menstrual cycle, peaking before ovulation. In men it stimulates the production of testosterone.
Oestradiol (E2) is produced in women mainly in the ovary. It is responsible for the female reproductive system as well as the growth of breast tissue and bone thickness. Normal levels of oestradiol provide for proper ovulation, conception, and pregnancy, in addition to promoting healthy bone structure and regulating cholesterol levels in females. In men, the testes, adrenal glands and fat tissue are the principal source of oestrogens. Oestradiol can be raised in men due to excess fat (which produces oestradiol) or in relation to testosterone levels which have declined with age. Raised oestradiol in men can cause the growth of breast tissue, the loss of libido and infertility.