How Do You Use Cervical Mucus Tests?
Cervical mucus tests are very easy to use. All you need to do is take a sample of your saliva and place it the provided slide. You then look at this slide under a microscope that comes with the kit. If your saliva dries in a fern-like pattern, you are about to ovulate.
Electronic tests come with a special probe, similar to a thermometer, which you insert in your mouth. This probe will then measure your electrolytes to determine whether your mucus is thinning and if you are ovulating.
Ovarian Reserve Tests
Ovarian reserve tests have just become available on the market. They help to determine whether or not you have a good ovarian reserve at the time of the test. Some can also help to predict your future ovarian reserve. This can aid you in planning conception as well as signal a possible fertility problem. Ovarian reserve tests are currently only available in select countries and are quite expensive: most tests cost around $400.
How Do Ovarian Reserve Tests Work?
follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), Inhibin B, and anti-mullerian hormone (AMH). As menopause approaches, the amount of FSH in your body increases, while the amounts of inhibin A and AMH decline. This test measures all three hormones and plots results on a graph, helping to predict future ovarian reserve.
How Do You Use an Ovarian Reserve Test?
Ovarian reserve tests are performed on the third day of your menstrual period. A blood sample is taken by your health care professional and is then sent to a laboratory for analysis. The laboratory will examine your blood for FSH, Inhibin B, and AMH. A graph of the results will then be produced and mailed back to you.
Male Fertility Tests
There are a few fertility tests that are now available to men who wish to find out more about their fertility.
Sperm Count Tests
Sperm count tests measure the amount and concentration of sperm that is present inside a sample of semen. In order to have the best chances of conception, men need to have a sperm count of at least 20 million per milliliter. Amounts that are less than this may indicate a fertility issue. Sperm count tests will tell you whether or not your semen sample has a sperm count of at least 20 million per milliliter. Most kits cost around $40.