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15/08/2013 at 10:24
Ok, so a couple of days ago I decided to order a thermometer and some test sticks for next cycle. The shop (sme fertility) also sold sticks to test for fertility. At the time, this seemed a good idea, they were only a couple of quid, so I added them to the order. Due to my age I am utterly paranoid that I've left ttc too late, but I can't help that - I only married the right man last year! I thought these tests would at least give me an answer as to whether it's worth trying.
Anyway, does anyone have any experience of these? If I use them, and they say "go away you ancient hag, what on earth were you thinking?" then what do I do? Are they accurate? If it's a bad result does that even rule out chances with IVF etc? Due to age cut offs for NHS fertility treatment, I really want to have answers sooner rather than later, but I want informed answers, if you see what I mean. So, has anyone used these, and particularly, anyone used them, got a bad result, but succeeded on the ttc journey?
15/08/2013 at 10:38
What kind of tests are they?
15/08/2013 at 10:42
It says they test for levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) in the urine. They haven't arrived yet (should be today) so I haven't got the full instruction leaflet.
15/08/2013 at 11:09
I haven't used them personally but I did look at them on the SME site :)!
I think it's no harm in trying as its only testing for FSH which I think your test's do anyways?
I am sure if it's not dectecting them going to your GP earlier with evidence that you are having difficulties and not ovulating or what ever is pointless trying for a year iyswim?
Fingers crossed for you :)
15/08/2013 at 11:46
iv got some but always forget to do them as they have to be started on day 3 and on day 3 im always re leaved to not be POAS !!!
so sorry i cant help yet, i sshould be day 3 in about 10 days if im not pregnant so ill do them this cycle !
15/08/2013 at 13:16
Oo oo oo I know the answer!
Short answer - Take the results with a pinch of salt. They are just one aspect of a giant picture that is your fertility.
Long answer - FSH is what causes your follicles to grow in the first part of your cycle. Theory is, the older you get, or indeed the fewer eggs your have (at any age), the higher levels if FSH are. When you are young and eggs a plenty, only a small amount of FSH is needed to recruit one of the millions of eggs to start maturing. As the number and quality of eggs diminishes, the FSH required to recruit one increases. In that sense, it can be an indirect measurement of egg number and quality.
However, the levels still vary from person to person so not an exact science.
Also, FSH naturally surges as the eggs grow, and so you'll get a high reading then regardless. FSH blood tests are usually day 2-4 of your cycle as that is when FSH is at its lowest and so most meaningful.
I really wouldn't get too hung up on the results, just do them as a bit of fun. If you are genuinely concerned, you can get a 'fertility MOT' at several private places. Prices vary but I think I saw one for £700 which was full bloods for both partners, two semen analyses for the man, and HSG to check your uterus and tubes (this alone cost me £450!).
But honestly, I would see how things go for a while first. It's early days.
15/08/2013 at 13:17
Thanks all. I was just a little suspicious of the low cost and wondered if they were worth it, or just preying on gullible women finding it hard to conceive. Didn't want to get them, go to GP saying there was a problem (IF there is a problem of course) and be laughed at for doing cheap home tests. They haven't arrived in todays post anyway, and CD3 is a long way off (CD20 today) so as and when they arrive, I'll have a good read of the instructions, and do them with everything crossed!
15/08/2013 at 19:22
Hi Barefoot, there is a test you can pay for to test your AMH levels which is an indication of your ovarian reserve, this does reduce as we all get older but some at quicker or slower rates than other. I think you are from the same area as me so if you would like any more info do let me know x
15/08/2013 at 19:45
Thanks Loubylou, I'll wait to see what this one says in a couple of weeks, see how charting goes, and will let you know if we decide on more testing. Thanks xx
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