Lady-Comp provides you with a highly effective and all natural way to determine the days of the month when you are most likely to conceive. It is a personal fertility monitor which learns and adjusts to your individual cycle regardless of irregularities or cycle length. It is programmed with a database of more than 900,000 cycles and uses bio-mathematical forecasting calculations, as well as the very latest computer techniques to predict your fertile days, primarily based on your morning body temperature. Research shows that Lady-Comp is 99.3% effective.
But what if, after using Lady-Comp and following all instructions, you find you are still unable to get pregnant? Doctors assert that women under 35 should actively try to become pregnant for 12 months before considering alternatives. Women between 35 and 40 years old should try for 6 months. If that period has passed, it is time to see your doctor. Here are six blood tests you may want to discuss with your physician when you visit.
1) Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)- This hormone acts as a communicator between the pituitary gland in your brain and your ovaries. It causes the ovary to recruit and stimulate follicles, leading to a main follicle that releases an egg when you ovulate. The higher the FSH, the lower the potential for follicle growth and stimulation because of decreased ability of the ovary to produce eggs. This test is best done on day 3, 4, or 5 of your menstrual cycle.
2) Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH)- The anti-mullerian hormone is also a marker of ovarian reserve. Low levels mean low follicle count, and high levels are a strong indicator of polycystic ovarian syndrome. This test is best done on day 3 or 4 of your menstrual cycle.
3) Progesterone- Progesterone is critical to prepping the uterus for implantation, and holding the pregnancy for the first several weeks, until the placenta takes over. Lower levels may indicate lack of or weak ovulation, which can be aided by progesterone treatment. This test it best taken on day 19, 20, or 21 of your cycle.
4) Full Thyroid Panel- A balanced thyroid is critical for fertility. Even suboptimal levels can present problems with becoming pregnant.
5) Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome- For this, the doctor must check your free testosterone levels, total testosterone levels, Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate (DHEA-S) levels, and fasting insulin and glucose levels.
6) Prolactin- Prolactin is the hormone of milk production in the breasts. Results that are elevated even slightly, or are at the high end of normal, can trick your body into thinking you are already pregnant. High prolactin levels can be caused by stress or by prolactinoma (typically a benign tumor) in the brain.
As you are going through these tests, please keep in mind that the health of the father-to-be is a factor as well. Make sure he also visits a physician for appropriate testing.