For people struggling to get pregnant, searching for answers about what’s going on can feel pretty overwhelming. Nowadays, information about fertility is plentiful online, but how can you know what to trust and what applies to you? Fertility is complex, and we’re all different. Are at-home fertility testing kits enough to get the answers you need, or is it time to visit a fertility clinic?
In this article, we break down 3 ways to understand your fertility and how you can accelerate your path to pregnancy, so keep reading!
Option 1: At-home fertility tests
There are two types of at-home fertility tests for women: ovulation tests and finger-prick blood tests.
Ovulation tests can tell you if you’re ovulating based on the levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) in your urine. Some wearable devices can also track the menstrual cycle and help predict ovulation.
At-home fertility blood tests involve taking a small blood sample through a finger prick. You’ll mail the sample to a lab, where it gets tested for various reproductive hormones. The hormones included in the test can vary between companies. They may include anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH), follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), estrogen, thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), prolactin, progesterone, LH, and testosterone.
Are at-home fertility tests accurate?
Home fertility kits are a convenient way to test your levels of basic reproductive hormones, but they don’t tell the whole story and may not always be 100% accurate. The fact is, getting pregnant is about so much more than your levels of these hormones. These tests can neither diagnose the cause of infertility nor point you to appropriate treatment options.
How much do at-home fertility tests cost?
The price of home fertility blood tests ranges from company to company, but you can expect to pay around $150–$200.
Option 2: In-depth fertility diagnostics with LEVY Health
The LEVY Fertility Code is our certified medical software that diagnoses the root cause of your struggle to conceive in the shortest possible time. We go beyond testing basic sex hormones and screen you for up to 65 health conditions that affect fertility. Within just a few weeks, you’ll walk away with a comprehensive fertility analysis and personalized recommendations to help you get pregnant.
Here’s how it works: After creating your LEVY Health account, you’ll fill out a smart online questionnaire that asks you about your health background and current symptoms. Based on your answers, we’ll recommend a custom set of fertility biomarkers to test at a Labcorp location close to you.
Once you receive your results, you can upload them to your LEVY Health account for analysis. Then a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist will review your results and diagnosis. After they’ve given their stamp of approval, we’ll notify you that your fertility analysis is complete.
Inside your profile, you’ll see a detailed explanation of what your lab results mean for your reproductive health and why you can’t get or stay pregnant. Some conditions we screen for include thyroid disorders, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), vitamin deficiencies, and more. You can learn about the health conditions we look for inside our Diagnoses Lexicon.
You’ll also get a personalized and holistic action plan to help you get pregnant. Our recommendations may include lifestyle changes, vitamin supplementation, medication, further diagnostics, and treatment in a fertility clinic. 70% of our users don’t need artificial reproductive treatments (ART) like in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Is LEVY Health accurate?
Yes! We based our diagnostic algorithms on hundreds of scientific studies about female fertility and partnered with leading reproductive endocrinologists to build a platform you can trust. With LEVY Health, you can rest assured that your reproductive health is in safe hands becaus your results and recommendations are reviewed by reproductive endocrinologists.
How much does it cost?
A medical fertility analysis with LEVY Health costs $250. Lab tests are not included in this price, but these are usually covered by health insurance – please ask your provider for more details.
Option 3: Testing in a fertility clinic
Another way to find out why you’re not pregnant yet is to visit a fertility clinic for diagnostic tests. However, this isn’t the most accessible option for everyone for a few different reasons:
- Location: You may have to travel a long way.
In the U.S., fertility clinics are located in major cities and are concentrated on the East and West Coasts. So, if you live in a more rural area or far from the coasts, it’ll be a long journey to the nearest clinic.
- Wait time: You likely won’t get an appointment right away.
Because there aren’t enough clinics to meet demand, the wait time for a first consultation could take a few months, depending on the clinic.
- Price: This is the most expensive option to check your fertility.
Undergoing diagnostic tests in a fertility clinic can cost around $1800. Some insurance plans will cover costs for these tests, but it can vary from state to state and between providers.
There are several ways to find answers about your fertility. With LEVY Health, you’ll get fast answers about why you’re not conceiving and what to do next from the comfort of home. However you choose to continue your fertility journey, we wish you all the best!
Learn more about LEVY Health or create your account now to find out why you’re not pregnant yet in just a few weeks.
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