Blood Hormone Assessment

Prior to beginning your treatment, it is helpful to assess the levels of several hormones, since hormonal disorders are often causative or contributory factors in menstrual cycle and/or ovulation abnormalities. Although there is no consensus as to how often hormone levels should be assessed, we generally prefer to obtain levels of the following hormones if they have not been assessed in the previous 12 months:

  • Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH)
  • Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH)
  • Luteinizing hormone (LH)
  • Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH)
  • Prolactin

Additionally, there are several other hormones that we frequently evaluate to determine your response to treatment and/or assess the progress of an early pregnancy. These tests will often be drawn in the morning, performed in conjunction with an ultrasound, and reported to you later in the same day:

  • Estradiol
  • Progesterone
  • Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG)

Less frequently, we will obtain other blood tests that are more specific to your diagnosis. Some testing panels are sent out from our office to outside laboratories and, as a result, there may be an interval of a few days to several weeks (dependent upon the complexity of the testing) before we can provide you with the results.

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