First Response FERTILITY Test - FSH??

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First Response FERTILITY Test - FSH??
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Sun, 06-27-2010 - 10:30am

Hi all,

*I'm editing my original post to report that I am going in to my Dr tomorrow for my first FHS Day 3 test. It was my idea from the info I've received from these boards.

I am wondering: Is there any other tests they will do from that blood they've drawn, or is it strictly the FSH?

I'm scared because I don't know if I want the answers...*

Here is my original post:

I received a free Fertility test with my 3-pack of First Response Early Detection Pregnancy tests.

I had no idea that home tests for FSH were available.

Has anyone here ever taken a home FSH test?? Should I believe the results when I take it this Tuesday morning??

I hear that FSH test results in general can be misleading and I have never had one done. Would love your feedback.

THANKS!

-Dianne




Edited 6/28/2010 11:00 am ET by loves_me

-Dianne, 41 yo
DH 37


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Wed, 06-30-2010 - 1:39pm
Well I certainly want that BFP for you too.
 


 


Susan V

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Wed, 06-30-2010 - 11:10am

Thanks Susan!

Yes it is very difficult to try to relax when there is so much waiting involved!

I am happy with my decision to not get early testing. Gonna give it 2 more cycles and then see what happens. :)

I really hope you get your BFP soon too! I've been following your story and want so badly for your DS to have a sibling too. xo


-Dianne, 41 yo
DH 37


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Tue, 06-29-2010 - 9:45am
Good idea!
 


 


Susan V

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Tue, 06-29-2010 - 9:26am

Thanks all for your feedback! Very helpful...

Well, I took the First Response Home FSH this morning and it was a very clear "Normal" result. I understand this is not to be trusted so I'm not taking it too seriously.

I have, however, decided after reading these posts to wait on the office blood test. I have only been TTC for 4 months (and only the last 2 of those months were with well-timed BD and temp charting), so I think that I may end up increasing my anxiety and stress by starting infertility testing too soon. My Dr. told me if I'm not PG be the end of the summer to come in to begin testing...and I am going to listen to her and not jump the gun.

I will continue my acupuncture and begin yoga. I will try to meditate and be relaxed and engage myself in hobbies that make me happy. I want to *enjoy* this process until I am told I need to get clinical--I have not been told that just yet.

I already suffer from anxiety issues (a lifelong issue) so I think I will not be looking out for my best interests to test before the end of the summer.

Who knows? Maybe I will end up with a BFP on my own! If anything, my charts show I am O-ing naturally and have a normal LP. So let's see what the summer brings. :)

Thanks you guys!
xo


-Dianne, 41 yo
DH 37


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Mon, 06-28-2010 - 12:15pm
Diane,
I had an incredibly low FSH of 3.3, but my doctor did an AMH level test that revealed my problems. It is not a common test, though. You might ask for it. - martha
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Mon, 06-28-2010 - 11:19am

Dianne:

There are other tests that could be taken at the same time and there are some that get taken at different points in a regular cycle (eg. Progesterone post OVL). They are all part of the fertility picture.

FSH is an important test, and is an indicator of fertility. The less of this hormone needed in your system to stimulate the follicles, the better. It likely means that you have more eggs, or at least more that are possible for release and fertilisation. A result of 5 is excellent, up to 10 is pretty good, getting over 10 is starting towards problems, and there are many IVF clinics (for example) that would not accept patients who have an FSH about 12 or 15 and over... but that doesn't mean that they can't or wouldn't conceive.

There are also meds that regulate and optimise the various hormones associated with fertility. Clomid is one, and there are others. Getting a clear picture of your hormonal baselines is a good way to determine what, if anything, needs to be tweaked.

I will tell you this... TTC is not for the faint of heart. It is a hugely anxiety ridden process, and it can challenge you and the strongest marriage. So, take deep breaths and try your best not to get mired in anxiety. It doesn't help and probably actually hurts the process.

Easier said than done... I know.

Libby
former CL TTC > 40)

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Mon, 06-28-2010 - 11:04am

Thanks Martha.
I did a bit of research online after reading your response and see there is a lot of controversy out there regarding home FSH tests.

I just made an appt for tomorrow for my Day 3 FSH blood test at the DRs. I've been TTC naturally for 4 months and I am 41. I just wanted to find out where I'm at before I waste anymore time on the TTC roller coaster.

I made the appt with the receptionist and haven't spoken to my Dr yet. I am wondering, are there any other tests they will do with the blood they draw tomorrow?

I'm scared! I hear many people get upsetting results even when they end up conceiving naturally shortly thereafter. I want to eliminate my anxiety but I am wondering if I begin the testing if I will only increase it. UGH!


-Dianne, 41 yo
DH 37


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Sun, 06-27-2010 - 8:48pm
I think I heard that your FSH has to be way high for it to be positive (like 50). I wouldn't trust it at all.
- martha