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Old 04-01-2003, 05:04 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Years ago I read that if you drew an FSH level on a particular day of the menstrual cycle, it could give a clue about ovarian function. My midwife wasn't sure but vaguely recalls it was day 5. I can't find where I read this. Does anyone know about this?
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I believe you can get tested for ovarian function on cd2-5. I got my tested on cd3 this month.I hope to find out the results tomorrow.

I thought this site was very interestinghttp://www.ivf.com/ and informative.

I hope this helped
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Yes, I do, I do!!!
Usually this is tested on cycle day 3. But I remember one month that my day 3 was on Sunday, when the lab would be closed, and the ob said that day 4 would be fine too.

I just had mine done today! Now I am hoping that it will show a nice and low number!

Good luck!

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what is the test called? what exactly does it check for? how does it check for it?

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FSH = Follicle Stimulating Hormone. It is made in your pituitary gland, and tells the ovaries to grow follicles. When your ovaries function well, they don't need much FSH to start growing follicles. At some point, the ovaries are getting older and then they need more FSH to grow follicles, so more FSH is being made.

This means that a low FSH level means well functioning ovaries, while a high FSH level means that the ovaries aren't functioning as well anymore. The number often quoted is 10. When the number is smaller than 10, your ovaries are still in good shape. 10 or higher means that they need more stimulating to get the follicles growing, so aren't functioning as efficiently anymore.

Hope that helps!

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