Fertility/Ovulation home test kit

Fertility/Ovulation home test kit

Assess your menopausal status with this home test kit. FSH levels can help determine fertility and ovulation health.

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Assess your menopausal status with this home test kit. FSH levels can help determine fertility and ovulation health.

What is the FSH test?

The fertility test kit is used to test for follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) is an important part of the reproductive system and is secreted by the pituitary gland. It's an important female hormone that helps ovaries function normally and plays a vital role in the production and maturation of a woman’s egg, during the menstrual cycle.

Imbalanced FSH levels may lead to difficulties getting pregnant, while high FSH levels act as a sign for the onset of the menopause. If a woman experiences infertility or approaches menopause, it may be a sign of a low ovarian egg supply, which can be identified through high FSH levels. FSH causes your ovaries to produce oestrogen, and once your ovaries slow down in producing eggs, the levels of FSH are known to rise. With infertility issues, the FSH hormone is released in higher-than-normal amounts to stimulate the ovaries into producing a mature egg and more estrogen.

The FSH test, by Instant eCare, is a test kit for the determination of FSH concentration in the blood. This test can be taken to find any underlying cause or symptoms affecting the reproductive system, or if you are suspicious of the onset of the menopause. Common reasons for an FSH test include assessing infertility problems and irregular menstrual cycles, along with helping diagnose pituitary gland disorders and ovary problems.

The menopause

This test can be used to determine if women are experiencing menopause, although the medical definition of menopause is when menstrual periods stop for 12 months as a consequence of the ovaries shutting down. This means despite the high levels of FSH recorded, they may have not yet entered the menopause. Conversely, women can have terrible menopause symptoms and yet their FSH level may remain in the "premenopausal" range.

A woman hasn't fully reached menopause until menstruation has stopped for a full 12 months. A woman may see times of fluctuating periods throughout the year and during this time of irregular periods before periods stop altogether, the FSH level can fluctuate dramatically. Menopause usually starts when a woman is around 50 years old.

Therefore, the FSH is not a definitive test of the menopause, but can act as a reliable test for fertility.

What does high FSH mean?

High FSH could be a marker of multiple reproductive system problems in women. High FSH levels could indicate:

  • A loss of ovarian function, or failure
  • Menopause
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • A chromosomal abnormality

High levels of FSH may also suggest a lowered production of quality eggs. Age is a common reason for this occurring, because fertility starts to decline and fewer eggs mature as your age increases. The FSH test can be used alongside other tests, recommended by your doctor, if your home test kit results suggest a problem.

What should my doctor know before I take the test?

Beware that taking some medications may affect the test results. You should talk to your GP if you are unsure of medication that may affect this home test kit.

You should also beware that results may be affected if you have any existing medical disorders with, such as the following:

  • Uncontrolled thyroid disease
  • Sex-dependent hormone tumors
  • Ovarian cysts

How do I carry out this self test kit?

The kit will come equipped with detailed instructions enclosed for you to follow very carefully. This test requires a small sample of blood from a simple prick to the finger before posting it to our laboratory partners, within the safe packaging provided. We will also fill out your unique personalised form for you so you don’t have to fill anything out!

Are these home test kits safe?

Our home test kits are manufactured by an accredited facility that also facilitates other well known healthcare providers, hospitals and primary care providers around the country.

It’s important to note that we always recommend updating your doctor if you have any serious health concerns or if you are experiencing any extreme symptoms mentioned above.

Results

Results will become available 2-3 days after you send them off to the lab. Please bear in mind that delivery times also depend on Royal Mail.

The lab will get in touch with us and one of our UK registered pharmacists will call you to provide a personalised account of your results and discuss with you the next steps moving forward.

Our patient support team are available from Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm