6 Lab Tests to Help You Get Pregnant
If you are wanting to get pregnant and not been successful, I recommend running some labs to see what is going on with your body.
As high as 30%, of infertility is unexplained meaning there is not a pin-pointed reason why the couple cannot get pregnant. Unexplained infertility is very frustrating as it does not give you any direction to go forward. Lab tests oftentimes uncover the reason. Here are the ones I recommend, in order or all at once.
1. Complete Thyroid Panel
This is my starting point for fertility issues and here is why.
- Hypothyroidism, underactive thyroid, is connected to ovulatory issues, increased infertility and miscarriage.
- Even subclinical hypothyroidism, which is only a small decline in thyroid activity, hugely affects egg production.
- Thyroid antibodies are connected to increased miscarriage rates, even without hypothyroidism.
- One review of the data said, “Awareness of the thyroid status in the infertile couple is crucial, because of its significant, frequent and often reversible or preventable effect on infertility.” (1)
- Oftentimes only the TSH and T4 are tested when assessing the thyroid missing out on crucial information in supporting fertility. When testing the thyroid a complete thyroid panel should be done including TSH, Free T3, Free T4, T4 Total, Thyroglobulin, Thyroxine-Binding Globulin, Anti-Thyroglobulin Ab, Anti-TPO Ab, reverse T3.
For more details on the importance of the thyroid read my blog Want a Baby? Check Your Thyroid
2. Vitamin D Level
Vitamin D levels have been said to be one of the best predictors of pregnancy success. Here is why:
- Women who had low levels of Vitamin D where 2.5 times more likely to have a miscarriage in the first trimester.
- If you are low on Vitamin D I encourage you to look deeper than just taking a supplement though because low vitamin D levels could be a reflection of your gastrointestinal health.
3. Gluten Sensitivity Test or Ciliac Test
What is standing between you and a baby may be as simple as getting off gluten.
- Gluten Sensitivity test IgG is used as step one in diagnosing celiac disease, which increases rates of infertility.
- Nearly six percent of women with unexplained infertility issues have celiac disease. (2)
- Gluten sensitivity can also be a root of infertility and simply stopping eating gluten women have gotten pregnant.
4. Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
This is a mysterious syndrome which is a combination of many symptoms and there is not a single test for it.
- PCOS is considered one of the top causes of infertility affecting 20% of women.
- One way to determine if you have PCOS is to test for insulin resistance. Measure levels of glucose and insulin on day 21 of your cycle.
- Once you know if you have insulin resistance you can support your body to heal PCOS.
5. Genetic Testing
Sometimes infertility or recurrent miscarriage is due to defects in the egg or sperm. A lot can be done to prevent genetic issues once they are known.·
- Factor V Leiden is a blood clotting disorder that increases the risk for miscarriage.
- Prothrombin test to see how fast the blood clots.
- MTHFR is a gene mutation that up to 50% of people have and increases the risk of miscarriage and is connected to high homocysteine levels which also increase the risk of miscarriage.
6. Pathogen Test
Viruses, yeast, and bacterial infections are connected to infertility issues.
- Candida, Epstein Barr Virus, and Cytomegalovirus have all been indicated as causes of infertility.
- I recommend running the GI map which is the most thorough pathogen test I have found to rule out what could be a simple yet hidden answer to not getting pregnant. It is a stool test and looks for bacteria, parasites, virsus, fungus and at general gastrointestinal health. Unexplained Infertility--- Could it be a Virus.
These are 5 simple blood tests and one stool test that can be performed to find the root cause of infertility. What is exciting is each one has ways to support the body to increase the chance of pregnancy once you know the cause. I encourage you if you want to get pregnant to run some simple lab tests. I would be glad to run any of these tests for you and help you form a plan for fertility.
1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16794427 Infertility and thyroid disorders. Trokoudes KM1, Skordis N, Picolos MK.
3. It Starts with the Egg
4. The Hormone Cure by Sara Gottfried, MD
5. Natural Fertility Info Website http://natural-fertility-info.com/pcos-fertility-diet
6. Nourishing Life: Fertility, Pregnancy & Delivery webinar series with Dr. Ronda Nelson
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