FAQ's on Screening Fertility

"How can we screen for our fertility?"

Women:

The Babystart  FertilCheck fertility screening test for women measures the sex hormone that is an indicator of a their biological fertility clock.

A woman's fertility starts to decline after she gets to 30 and gradually accelerates until she gets to menopause. This reduction in fertility is reflected in a gradual increase in the hormone FSH (follicle stimulating hormone). Rising levels of FSH tend to be associated with reduced fertility. As menopause approaches the levels get particularly high and act as an early warning system.

The test is greater than 99% accurate.

With this test a negative result is going to be good news although its not proof of fertility. A positive test result suggests that fertility is reduced and we recommend that a woman see her doctor to discuss the results and perhaps have more tests done.

Men:

The Babystart FertilCount Infertility screening test for men measures sperm count, which is widely recognised as the major indicator of fertility in men.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) a man is at risk of infertility if his sperm count is less than 20 million per ml, the home test kit contains two tests and will identify if the numbers of sperm are under this cut-off level. Sperm counts are falling in the western world and no-one knows why. A sensible precaution is to get yourself tested when thinking about having a family.

The test is 97% accurate.

With this test a negative result is going to be good news although its not proof of fertility. A positive test result suggests that fertility is reduced and we recommend that a man see his doctor to discuss the results and perhaps have more tests done.

Couples:

The Babystart FertilCheckPlus fertility screening test for both men and measures sperm count in men and the sex hormone FSH in women. This is a combination twin test pack for couples to share in the privacy of their own home.

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