What Tests Everyone Should Have Before Trying To Conceive

If you are wanting to get pregnant and have not been successful or have miscarried, you need to run these 6 labs. They are easy to run and inexpensive compared to fertility treatment. I explain why they are important and how to order them.

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. These lab tests can uncover the reason.

1.       Complete Thyroid Panel
This is your starting point for fertility issues and here is why.

  • Hypothyroidism, under-active thyroid, is connected to ovulatory issues (like pcos), 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.

  • Experts say, “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.

  • The normal levels from doctors are not normal and lead people to believe they have a healthy thyroid when they do not.

  • A thyroid test is a simple non fasting blood test.

  • You can order the test here and I would be glad to go over what it means with you.

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 because low vitamin D levels could be a reflection of your gut health.

  • Vitamin D is a super simple blood test.

3.      Gluten Sensitivity Test

What is standing between you and a baby may be as simple as getting off gluten.

  • Gluten sensitivity can be a root of infertility and simply by stopping eating gluten women have gotten pregnant.

  • Gluten Sensitivity test Gliadin Antibody Profile, IgG, IgA 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)

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 reverse 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. Read my blog: 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 will increase the chance of pregnancy.

You can order any or all of these lab tests right here or to get them at a discount make an appointment with me to review them.

1.   https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16794427 Infertility and thyroid disorders. Trokoudes KM1, Skordis N, Picolos MK.
2. https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-08/cumc-icd081811.php
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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