While it should be a joyous occasion, trying to conceive can be stressful for both partners. Some women can take years rather than months to conceive. I would know how emotionally painful this can be, because I have been there. I almost became hopeless, because I never thought I’d be able to have a child. I’m more thankful each passing day, because I consider my son as my miracle baby!
I took the opportunity to try out the First Response Fertility Test since I’m actively trying to conceive. They consider this simple home test as being 95% accurate. If you’re worrying about not being able to conceive, this can possibly put those fears to rest. I’m glad to know that my FSH levels are normal. I found this test to be very easy to use. The instructions are quite thorough and easy to understand. You use the it the same way you’d use a pregnancy test since you will be urinating on a stick. However, it’s recommended that you use on the third day of your menstruation cycle.
Every woman is born with all of the eggs that she will ever have. Each month one or more eggs will mature in the ovaries in preparation for ovulation. As the eggs mature and are released over time, the number of eggs, which is a measure of a woman’s fertility potential, decreases.
- Follicle Stimulating Hormone, (FSH), is one of many hormones that your body uses to regulate your menstrual cycle and to control the maturation of your eggs. FSH signals the ovaries to mature one or more eggs for ovulation each month/cycle.
- If your ovarian reserve (eggs) is low in quantity or quality, your pituitary will produce higher than normal FSH levels early in the cycle, trying to stimulate your ovaries to produce a mature egg. In other words, when your quantity or quality of eggs (fertility potential) is low, your FSH level may be high.
- Therefore, knowing your FSH level on Day 3 of the menstrual cycle can be helpful in finding out if you are able to get pregnant.
- FSH level assesses ovarian reserve, one of the leading single indicators of a woman’s fertility potential and now it is possible to gauge your fertility potential through a simple at-home test with over 95% accuracy.