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Fertility buying guide

Understand the different types of fertility tests before purchasing.

If you’re trying to pregnant, and it’s not happening as quickly as you’d hoped, you’re not alone. It has been reported around 1 in 7 couples in the UK faces issues conceiving.

We understand that trying to fall pregnant can be a stressful time for some couples so, to take the confusion out of finding the right test to investigate your or your partner's fertility status, we've created a handy fertility test buying guide.

We offer a wide range of at-home fertility tests to support couples in their fertility journey, from investigating fertility problems to monitoring pregnancy progress and much more.

Let’s start by looking at the different types of fertility tests available for women.

Future Fertility (with AMH) Blood Test

Thinking about having children in the future and would like to investigate your ovarian reserve? Our Future Fertility (with AMH) Blood Test is the perfect test for you. This simple at-home blood test includes tests for FSH, oestradiol and AMH. Taken on day 1,2 or 3 of your menstrual cycle, it can help determine whether your ovarian reserve is declining and if any age-related changes have begun. While no single test can ever predict your chances of becoming pregnant, this test can help you in family planning and the choices you make about when to start.

Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) Blood Test

Our Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) Blood Test can indicate whether your AMH level is average for your age. It cannot measure the actual number of viable eggs, nor can it give a precise estimate of the years left that a woman has to try for pregnancy. However, the result can indicate whether a woman has the expected number of viable eggs for her age. This test can also be used to investigate PCOS as women with polycystic ovaries often have high numbers of follicles in the early stages of development.

Ovulation Progesterone Blood Test

Planning a family and want to check that you are ovulating normally? Or are you struggling to conceive and want to check that you are ovulating? If so, our Ovulation Progesterone Blood Test, which includes advice from a qualified doctor, is an essential first step in understanding your fertility. Taken 7 days before your period is due, it measures your progesterone levels to identify whether or not you have ovulated.

Day 3 Fertility Blood Test

Our Day 3 Fertility Blood Test is perfect if you want to check your reproductive hormones before starting your fertility journey or during. This simple at-home blood test includes LH, oestradiol and FSH. Taken 3 days after your period has begun, during the follicular stage of the menstrual cycle, this test checks that hormone levels can support the release of a healthy egg from the ovary. The hormones in the body on day 3 can indicate whether hormonal problems are likely to affect ovulation and conception and whether a condition like polycystic ovaries may affect fertility.

Preparing for Pregnancy Blood Test

Decided to try for a baby and would like a thorough hormone MOT before you start? Or have you been trying unsuccessfully for a few months? Ensuring you have healthy levels of reproductive hormones and vitamin D is essential for women planning a pregnancy. This profile looks at biomarkers that might affect your chances of getting pregnant, like low vitamin D or a thyroid disorder. It also checks your female sex hormones are at levels that can support ovulation and pregnancy.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Blood Test

Experiencing symptoms like irregular periods, excess weight or acne, which you think may be caused by PCOS? Or have you been trying to conceive without success and think PCOS could be the reason why? If so, our Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Blood Test is the right test for you. The main Indicators of PCOS seen on blood tests is aninclude elevated testosterone levels, low SHBG and an LH/FSH ratio of overmore than 2:1 also suggest it. This profile checks your testosterone, sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), luteinising hormone (LH), and stimulating follicle hormone (FSH). Our doctors will interpret your results and let you know what action you should take next.

IVF Viral Screen Blood Test

Before starting IVF treatment, the fertility may expect you and your partner to screen for certain viral and bacterial infections. This IVF viral screen looks for evidence of current or past infection of HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and syphilis. This test can also be used if you are already pregnant and want to check that you are clear of infectious diseases that could potentially harm your unborn child.

Pregnancy Blood Test

Our Pregnancy Blood Test is an early detection finger-prick laboratory pregnancy test that can detect pregnancy sooner than an over-the-counter urine test. It measures the amount of hormone hCG in the blood to give either a positive or negative pregnancy result. If you’re trying to conceive and want to know whether you have been successful quickly or understand whether your IVF treatment has worked, this at-home pregnancy blood test is for you.

Pregnancy Progress Blood Test

Newly pregnant and want to check that your pregnancy is progressing how it should be in the first few weeks? Or have you had previous miscarriages, and you want to check that everything is okay? If so, our Pregnancy Progress Blood Test is perfect for you. This easy, at-home blood test for progesterone and beta hCG checks that your pregnancy is progressing as it should in the early stages to reassure you.

Tired New Mum Blood Test

Recently had a baby and struggling to get your energy levels back after pregnancy? This simple at-home blood test can help identify if you lack any vital vitamins and nutrients such as vitamin D, vitamin B12 and iron. Our expert doctors will advise whether you need to optimise your diet or take any supplements to improve your energy levels.

Now let’s look at the different types of fertility tests for men.

Male Fertility Low Testosterone Blood Test

Trying for a baby but low sex drive affects how often you have sex? Or are you trying unsuccessfully and want to investigate whether low t is affecting your fertility? If so, this test is for you. If a man’s testosterone levels drop below the normal range, it can impact his fertility, causing decreased sperm production, reduced sex drive and erectile dysfunction. This simple finger-prick blood test you can do at home measures your testosterone levels. If your levels are low, our expert doctors will advise you on the following steps to take.

Advanced Male Fertility Hormone Blood Test

Our Advanced Male Fertility Hormone Blood Test can help to identify whether the levels of any of your reproductive hormones such as testosterone, FSH, LH and prolactin are abnormal, which could affect your sperm production, libido or sexual performance. If you’re after an overall hormone MOT before you start your fertility journey or during, this is the right test for you.

Erectile Dysfunction Blood Test

Have difficulty achieving and maintaining an erection? Or suffer from low libido (sex drive) and think your hormones could be to blame? Our Erectile Dysfunction Blood Test is a discreet finger-prick blood test that examines the leading physical causes of erectile dysfunction, including raised cholesterol, diabetes, and low testosterone. Our expert doctors will advise you on what to do next if any of your results are abnormal.