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Can’t Get Pregnant? Consider These 5 Tests

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, August 02, 2012 | 0 comments

Can’t Get Pregnant? Consider These 5 Tests
Fertility has become a very hot topic these days with the surge in both assisted reproductive technology (ART) and adoptions.

ART typically consists of medications, intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF) with the sole purpose of becoming pregnant.

In general, experts tell women under 35 years old to try regularly to get pregnant at ovulation for 12 months before considering additional work-up. Women between 35 and 40 years old should try for six months.

Whether you are in your first month or your first year without success, here are five tests to talk about with your doctor.

1. Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)
2. Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH)
3. Progesterone
4. Full Thyroid Panel
5. Test for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
6. BONUS TEST! Prolactin

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Image: Is Your Body Baby-Friendly?: Unexplained Infertility, Miscarriage and IVF Failure - Explained, by Alan E. Beer, Julia Kantecki, Jane Reed. Publisher: AJR Publishing; 1 edition (October 28, 2006)-Is Your Body Baby-Friendly?:
Unexplained Infertility, Miscarriage and IVF Failure - Explained
by Alan E. Beer, Julia Kantecki, Jane Reed

-- A unique book—the first of its kind. No longer do patients have to accept that their infertility is just bad luck and they just have to keep on trying.

No longer should women with recurrent miscarriages have to listen to their doctor telling them that their loss was God's will or that they ought to be thankful because their baby was probably chromosomally abnormal.

The statistics simply do not support such claims—in fact, they show that repeated reproductive failure can be a symptom of wider health problems in the mother.

Furthermore, the root cause can be treated—not only to promote the chances of a successful pregnancy, but to improve the mother's health long-term.

Image: Buy Now on Amazon.comPaperback: 500 pages
Click to order/for more info: Is Your Body Baby-Friendly?

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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