Day 3 Fertility Hormone Panel
Must be drawn on Day 2, 3 or 4 of your Menstrual Cycle.
A hormone produced in the ovaries by cells that surround a developing egg (follicle). this test is used to confirm the results of a day 3 FSH, for the diagnosis of amenorrhea (the absence of a menstrual period) and to monitor progress during fertility treatment.
Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH-female)
A hormone produced by the pituitary gland which is located in the brain. It plays a key role in the development of follicles (immature eggs) into mature eggs. FSH also plays an important role in telling the ovaries when it is time to release a mature egg (ovulation). A normal FSH level indicates a woman has a good supply of eggs (ovarian reserve) and is a good candidate for ovarian stimulation in IVF. As a woman gets older and the number of eggs she has remaining becomes low it takes more FSH to produce an egg. Therefore a high FSH score indicates a low or declining egg supply. FSH values can fluctuate from one cycle to the next, so it is important to look at other measurements of ovarian reserve, such as AMH.
LH (Luteinizing Hormone)
A midcycle rise is a good indication that ovulation will occur approximately 24 hours later. This is the hormone that is detected in home ovulation kits. When estrogen reaches a critical peak, the pituitary releases a surge of LH (the LH surge), which releases the egg from the follicle.