Is FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone) the Best Fertility Test Available?
Babies? Maybe you're ready. Or maybe you're not. You may not know right now if you ever want to have children. What you do want to know is that the option to choose later in your life is there.
When it comes to fertility testing for women or testing a woman's fertility reserve, seeing how likely they will get pregnant easily, there are three important reasons why testing for Anti Mullerian Hormone (AMH) is more effective and efficient than testing for Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH). These two tests have one thing in common; they are both simple blood tests. After that, they part company.
Why AMH Testing is More Effective Than FSH Testing
Three reasons why if you have to choose one fertility test to indicate fertility, pick AMH.
- AMH can be checked on any day of a woman's reproductive cycle (FSH needs to be checked on day three, day one being the first day of menstrual flow).
- AMH can be tested for regardless of birth control use at the time. Being on the birth control pill, or having an IUD or any form of long or short term birth control will not affect your AMH results.
- AMH is a more sensitive and accurate test.
Fertility Knowlegde is Power
In the best of all possible worlds, if you are having trouble conceiving, both AMH and FSH will be checked. If you are not even trying to become pregnant yet, but know that you want children in the future, AMH is the choice that will give you information without interrupting your birth control methods and that can be done at any time.
Knowledge is power .The results to an AMH test can be very reassuring and informative about your future family building options.
About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.