Testing Definitions

Complete Thyroid Assessment

TSH, Free T3, Free T4: These are the three primary hormones associated with the thyroid. Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) is made in the pituitary gland. Its primary function is to regulate the amount of T4 and T3. T4 and T3 are hormones made in the thyroid gland and have a significant impact on the  overall metabolism of the body. They affect every single cell in the body. Without these two hormones, the body cannot produce the energy required to function. Proper levels of thyroid hormones are essential in maximizing a woman’s fertility potential.

Thyroid Autoimmune Panel: This panel tests for thyroid peroxidase antibodies and thyroglobulin antibodies. The presence of these two antibodies can be an indication of Hashimoto’s disease or Graves’ disease. Both conditions can affect the thyroid’s ability to respond the needs of the body and, in turn, impact the ability to maximize a woman’s fertility potential.

Complete Hormone Assessment

Estradiol, Progesterone, Testosterone: Estradiol and progesterone are made in the ovaries and are the two primary hormones that control fertility. Testosterone is made in the ovaries and adrenal glands. High levels of testosterone can directly interfere with the ability to conceive.

FSH and LH: Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and Luteinizing Hormone (LH) are made in the pituitary gland. Both have a direct and immediate impact on a woman’s ability to ovulate.

SHBG: Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) is a protein made in the liver. Levels that are too high or too low can affect the body’s available of both estradiol and progesterone and, in turn, have an impact on a woman’s ability to have a healthy menstrual cycle and, ultimately, get pregnant.

Adrenal Stress Panel: Stress can have an enormous impact on every aspect of a woman’s health. This saliva test collects four samples of cortisol throughout the day. It is an important way to measure the impact of stress on a woman’s ability to maximize her fertility potential.

Vitamin D3: For women trying to conceive, vitamin D3 appears to be linked to better fertility and a healthy pregnancy.

Insulin: Insulin levels are a key indication of overall glucose metabolism. Being diabetic or prediabetic, or being hypoglycemic (not enough glucose), has a direct and immediate impact on a woman’s ability to conceive. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a leading cause of infertility and is typically caused by an imbalance of glucose.

hsCRP: High-Sensitivity C Reactive Protein is a direct indication of inflammation in the body. Inflammation can exist anywhere in the body and can impact a woman’s ability to maximize her fertility potential.

DHEA: Dehydroepiandrosterone is one of the most abundant circulating hormones in the body. DHEA is produced in the adrenal glands, the ovaries, and the brain. It has been shown to increase pregnancy rate and lower miscarriage rate in women with diminished ovarian reserve. The availability of DHEA in the body is often affected by stress.

Cholesterol & Lipid Panel

Total Cholesterol, LDL, HDL & VLDL: This test provides for measurements of overall cholesterol and lipid health. High cholesterol can be linked to poor fertility and may affect how long it takes to conceive. Since reproductive hormones are made directly from cholesterol, low levels can affect the body’s ability to produce the hormones needed for conception.

The common causes of female infertility feelings can be addressed once they are identified and understood. Contact us today to consider a natural approach to fertility.

Menstrual Cycle Mapping