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Fertility Stress Saliva Test
Fertility Stress Saliva Test
Fertility Stress Saliva Test
Fertility Stress Saliva Test

Fertility Stress Saliva Test

A simple saliva test which measures your cortisol levels 6 times throughout the day to help you manage stress levels before and during pregnancy.

Is it for you?

Are you trying for a baby and worried that your stress levels are making it difficult for you to conceive? Are you having fertility treatment which you are finding stressful? Or perhaps you’ve already conceived and are finding it an anxious time? If so, this test helps you find out whether your cortisol levels are too high so that you can take steps to relax and lower stress.
Saliva sample 6 biomarkers included 2 working days turnaround
from sample receipt at lab

What's included?

Biomarker profile

  • Adrenal Hormones

Adrenal Hormones (6 Biomarkers)

Special instructions

Do not eat or drink for 30 minutes before your test. Do not brush your teeth for 30 minutes before your test. Your result could be affected by corticosteroid medication (e.g. prednisolone). Ask your doctor whether you should stop before testing. Do not take biotin supplements for 2 days prior to this test. If you are taking prescribed biotin you should discuss this with your doctor.

Studies have shown that women who experience high levels of stress have a lower chance becoming pregnant. Although there is an association between stress and fertility, it isn't clear whether stress causes infertility, or whether difficulty in conceiving causes stress. However, it is certainly true that couples who are investigating fertility or are undergoing IVF, experience very high levels of stress and anxiety, often for long periods of time. 

Chronic stress can cause cortisol levels in the body to rise which affects immune function, metabolism and blood sugar control. Although there is no known link between cortisol and fertility, it can be useful to monitor cortisol levels during the day as a measure of how much stress you are experiencing. This cortisol saliva test can help you to pinpoint times during the day when you may be experiencing more stress than is healthy so that you can take steps to manage it. High stress can affect many aspects of your health that can influence fertility including sleep routine, overeating, alcohol consumption and smoking. Identifying triggers during the day can help you manage peaks in stress through yoga, meditation, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or gentle exercise. 

This test establishes the levels of cortisol in the saliva at 6 different points in the day. Samples are taken after waking, 12 noon, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and before going to sleep. Cortisol levels should be highest just after waking in the morning and lowest at bedtime.

Dr Sam Rodgers MBBS, MRCGP

How it works

  • Take the test

    Collect your sample at home, visit a partner clinic, or we can even send a nurse to you.
  • Post your sample

    Send your sample back on the same day you take it in the freepost pack to our laboratory.
  • Get your results

    View your results with doctor's advice on your personal dashboard.
Laboratories you can trust

Laboratories you can trust

Trusted by the NHS and private clinics alike, you can be sure of the highest testing standards from our fully accredited partner laboratories.

Expert interpretation <br>
of your results

Expert interpretation
of your results

One of our team of doctors will review your results and give you personalised advice based on your medical history, lifestyle and health and fitness goals.

Your personal<br>
health centre

Your personal
health centre

Discover the easy way to track your health through our online portal, View your results with doctor's advice, monitor any changes over time and see the improvements you can make to your health with simple lifestyle changes.

Questions? Let us help

Questions? Let us help

Our customer care team is on-hand to help you find the test that's right for you. Get in touch via phone, live chat or email.

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Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.