All You Need to Know About At-Home Fertility Tests
January 17, 2020 | Yesmom
Top Things to Know:
- A large number of couples are struggling to conceive and women are just 50% of the cause of infertility
- Women are increasingly taking control and opting for fertility tests
- To encourage more women to make informed decisions about their health, at-home fertility tests are now available
- The information provided by fertility tests can help women take more proactive decisions about conception and pregnancy instead of reactive ones
Though India is known to be the second-most populous country in the world, ironically 27.5 million couples in India today are struggling to conceive. This number is said to increase by 10% by 2020. Though women are only 50% of the cause of infertility problems, there is a growing awareness among them to take a fertility test in order to understand how fertile they are and help them get pregnant. Does that mean taking a fertility test can assure you a pregnancy? Not really! Fertility tests are hormonal tests that help giving a clear picture of a woman’s overall health and the levels of various hormones that are responsible for helping her conceive and sustain her pregnancy.
What do they tell?
Fertility tests do not classify women as being ‘fertile’ or ‘infertile’ but they are guidance tools that provide better insight and a clearer picture to a woman about:
- Her egg reserves – whether she has more or less than average eggs remaining
- Whether she is reaching menopause earlier or later than average
- Whether egg freezing and IVF options are viable for her
- If she is suffering from or is at risk of developing PCOS or PCOD
- The functioning of other hormonal glands, especially the thyroid; as an underactive or overactive thyroid can impact her chances of conceiving
This information is usually obtained from fertility tests that include testing the levels of different hormones. For example, progesterone test helps a woman to understand whether her ovulation is taking place normally, whereas the Anti-Mullerian Hormone test helps to determine the number of eggs she has left.
How are they done?
These fertility tests are commonly conducted by an accredited diagnostic labs or clinical setups, but women in India are a bit hesitant and conscious to get them done due to societal issues and costs.
But, now you no longer need to visit your doctor to get a fertility test done as these tests are now available as home sample collection with the testing being done in the lab at a fraction of the costs with results delivered to you electronically. At Yesmom, we also combine years of research to provide meaningful insights on what your results actually mean for your fertility and overall health!
At-home fertility tests have many advantages:
- Provide women with a convenient and inexpensive alternative to in-clinic fertility tests
- It gives women the power to understand their body and reproductive health within the comfort of their homes
- Encourages women to be more proactive about their decisions rather than reactive
Yesmom’s Fertility profile test provides an in-depth analysis of your test results and how you must interpret them to understand your fertility and its impact on your overall health.
Fertility treatments like IVF should come under insurance cover: Health experts, Published in Live Mint, Available at https://www.livemint.com/insurance/news/experts-call-for-bringing-fertility-treatments-under-insurance-cover-1555572943378.html