Most couples use contraception for the first time or for many years in the partnership, always with the idea of preventing unwanted pregnancies. At some point, however, the point comes when a child is desired. For many couples, it works relatively easily within a short period of time, that can be a few weeks or a few months. But with very many couples there are also problems, because a desired pregnancy does not occur even after a long time.
When the time comes to seek medical attention varies from couple to couple. It has to do with various factors. If the woman is young, it is believed that a couple can calmly try without panic for up to two years before seeking medical advice. However, the older the woman, the sooner fertility tests should be carried out.
In most cases, the doctor will ask the woman to record her cycle on a calendar for a few months. This is usually done using the daily temperature measurement. Such a curve can tell a lot about fertility, whether and when the period will come, when is the most possible time of fertilization. And ovulation can also be determined relatively well based on temperature. However, every woman who wants to have children can keep such a calendar without a doctor and then take it with her to the doctor’s appointment if necessary.
There are ovulation tests for at home in every pharmacy, also in many drugstores and on the Internet. It’s just as easy as taking a pregnancy test. Since they are available from different manufacturers, all tests differ in design, but in principle they all work in the same way. If the woman knows her cycle, there are tables with which she can read from when to when within the cycle the likely ovulation will take place. During this time, the LH (luteinizing hormone) level is measured every day with the test. If this increases, it shows that ovulation is imminent.
For the hormone test, blood is drawn from the gynecologist and sent to the laboratory. All relevant values are analyzed there and then sent back to the doctor. In most cases, blood is taken on a specific day of the cycle so that all hormones can be determined exactly. The following are determined: estrogen, FSH (folicle-stimulating hormone), LH (luteinizing hormone), progesterone, prolactin and testosterone. Depending on the diagnosis and the doctor’s wishes, other values may also be used.
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