What you need to know about your fertility testing?
Being fertile—able to conceive and/or sustain a pregnancy—is something we assume we are able to do by default. Consequently, we spend years on contraceptives to avoid pregnancy, thinking we can become pregnant the old fashioned way at any time and point.
However, the fact is one in six women will experience a fertility challenge and will need medical help in order to become pregnant. The realization that fertility is not a default state for many women usually comes as a surprise. It is not until we are unable to naturally become pregnant that we start asking questions: Do I have a fertility challenge? Why didn’t anyone suggest testing before?
The option to test women for their fertility potential has been available for some time. Fertility testing is usually done using the following three methods:
It is important to note that none of the available fertility tests can measure the quality of your eggs. Current fertility tests can only indirectly measure your fertility potential by evaluating three factors:
Some important questions regarding fertility testing:
Home fertility testing has recently become available through three consumer-focused companies: EverlyWell (www.everlywell.com), Future Family (www.futurefamily.com), and Modern Fertility (www.modernfertility.com). These blood-based fertility tests can be ordered online, are offered for fertility screening purposes only, and are in no way intended to make any infertility diagnoses despite their ability to indicate abnormal hormonal ranges in some cases. Thus, these consumer-focused home fertility tests can lead to unnecessary anxiety, stress, confusion, and the need for repeating the same tests at a physician’s office in order to be interpreted correctly.
Opionato was created to help you interpret, understand, and assess your fertility test results for you and your partner, while also offering next-step advice in your fertility journey. Please write to us at [email protected] to start the conversation with one of Opionato fertility experts.
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