1. I’m having a hard time getting pregnant. What tests do I need?
Basic tests for infertility often include measuring FSH and luteinizing hormone (LH) levels. Your healthcare provider may also ask you to keep track of your body temperature, which rises slightly during ovulation. Other hormonal tests as well as a postcoital (after intercourse) examination may be done. A hysterosalpingogram (image of fallopian tubes) may be ordered to see whether your fallopian tubes are blocked. Your partner may be asked to give a specimen of semen for analysis.
3. Why would a man need a test for FSH and LH; I thought these were female hormones?
Men also produce FSH and LH. These hormone levels are important for male reproduction too. In men, FSH stimulates the testicles to produce sperm just as in women FSH stimulates the ovaries to produce eggs. In men, LH can be measured if testosterone levels are low.
Yes. There is an FDA-approved self-test that measures the level of FSH in a urine sample. It is used as an indicator of perimenopause, which is associated with a rise in FSH levels. For more information, visit the article on Home Tests and this FDA web site.
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