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Did you know that Thyroids play an important part in conceiving?
If you have been trying to conceive for 6 months or longer it is well worth getting your thyroid health checked.
For such a small gland situated at the front of the throat the thyroid has a big job to perform. It is essential for regulating metabolism, blood calcium levels, energy production, fat metabolism, oxygen utilization, balance of other hormones and weight maintenance.
I find that with my clients sub optimal thyroid health is often overlooked by your G.P and thyroid blood tests are not preformed as part of a standard pre conception blood panel.
Recently the test to assess ovarian reserve has become more sophisticated, using the Anti Mullerian Hormone blood test.
Most medical practitioners still use the three day Follicular-Stimulating Hormone (FSH) test, determining levels on day three of the cycle; this is an inexact test as FSH levels fluctuate in the blood over the course of a day, this is only a measure of FSH at the time you are drawing blood, so it would only be accurate if you had several blood tests of the course of the day to get an average reading.