NEW, QUICK AND EASY-TO-USE PIN-PRICK BASED, SELF-COLLECTION KIT
Price includes fertility test, questionnaire and consultation.
More and more women these days, whether in a relationship or single, are choosing to check their fertility status with a Fertility MOT.
- You may want to plan ahead. The Fertility Home Test Kit can help you decide whether to try for a baby straight away, or if it’s OK to leave it till later
- You may be actively thinking about getting pregnant in the near future, but aren’t sure whether your fertility is where it needs to be
- You may have been trying to conceive for a while, but without success
- You may be thinking about having IVF
Whatever your individual circumstances, the Zita West Fertility Home Test Kit has been specially developed to help you get a better understanding of your reproductive status and potential, including your likely responsiveness to IVF, providing you with a unique opportunity to consider the most important aspects of your health, medical history and lifestyle which can impact on your chances of conceiving successfully.
How the Fertility Home Test Kit works
The Zita West Fertility Home Test Kit consists of a comprehensive AMH blood-test, which we combine with your answers to a brief Fertility Questionnaire, followed by a consultation with a Zita West Consultant Midwife/Fertility Nurse, either by ‘phone or in person. During the consultation we will discuss the results of your tests and provide you with a predictive overview of your fertility status, as well as guidance on next steps.
There are 4 easy steps you’ll need to follow:
Order your Fertility MOT pack on-line
If you would like both an AMH and a Vitamin D test done, you will need to order each test separately. You will, however, only be sent one test-kit, as we only need one blood sample to conduct either or both tests. However, if you require both tests it is doubly important that you fill the small collection tube to the upper line (600 microlitres) as we will not be able to complete both tests without this.
You will receive your Zita West Fertility MOT pack in the post. This includes a simple questionnaire for you to complete, along with instructions on how to obtain the blood sample required. The pack includes a “vacutainer” (air-tight plastic tube) for the sample, and a small spring-loaded lancet with which to prick your skin. The lancet will retract, safely, into the body of the device after the skin is punctured. Lancets can only be used once. However, we do supply two spares, just in case you need more than one go at pricking your skin. There’s also a pre-paid return envelope and a test request form.
The sample can be taken at any time in your menstrual cycle.
Once the sample has been obtained, simply post it back in the pre-paid envelope along with the completed Fertility Questionnaire and the completed Request Form.
When you have returned your Fertility MOT pack, including the sample, completed Questionnaire and Request Form, call us (020.7224.0017) to arrange your FREE 30 minute consultation appointment.
The consultation is done by ‘phone. Please allow 2 weeks from the time you send back the pack to your appointment date.
For those based in the UK, your consultant will phone you at the time agreed. For clients based outside the UK, we ask for you to call us.
During the consultation, other investigations may be suggested such as an antral follicle count by ultrasound scan.
The AMH test does not indicate if there are any underlying factors that may be affecting your fertility.
The AMH test cannot be done if you are on the Pill. You will need to allow at least one cycle after stopping the Pill before taking a test.
If you have previously been diagnosed with PCOS, we suggest you do not have the AMH test prior to your consultation as it won’t provide an accurate prediction of your ovarian reserve. Please call us instead on 020.7224.0017 and we will arrange a ‘phone consultation for you (or a consultation at our London clinic, should you prefer)
An AMH test does not give an indication of whether or not a woman is ovulating or whether her tubes are patent (i.e. open) or of the quality of the eggs.
About the AMH (Anti-Mullerian Hormone) Test
The Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) test is thought to be the most accurate blood-based predictor available of the number of eggs a woman has (her ‘ovarian reserve’) which, in turn, provides an indication of her fertility potential, both for the present and the future.
The AMH test results provide you with a number (measured in pmol/l) and a category, which show your egg reserve relative to your age. As women are born with all of their eggs and the egg pool declines with advancing age, the results of the test are very much age-dependent. However, it also provides a measure of whether your reserve is average or below or above the average for your age. As AMH is produced by the ovarian follicles, women with polycystic ovaries (PCOS) are likely to have a very high level of AMH, so the test identifies women with possible PCOS as well (a condition commonly associated with difficulty conceiving).
If you are thinking about having IVF, the test also gives you an indication of how you are likely to respond to treatment.
You will be required to complete the questionnaire which you will find in your pack. The answers you provide will help to paint a complete picture of your current health and lifestyle and any aspects of your medical history that may be relevant to your fertility. Many of our clients tell us that just filling out the questionnaire itself can be extremely revealing and valuable!
We’ll use your questionnaire, combined with results of your test, as the basis of your consultation, at the end of which we’ll provide you with advice and guidance based on whether you are planning on having a baby now or possibly considering it in the near future.
Following the consultation we will send you (either by email or post) the results of your AMH test.
We are not able to provide a written report of any guidance and advice given during the consultation, so it may be useful for you to have a pen and paper handy with which to take notes.
You may also decide to have a Vitamin D test as well to check the level of this important vitamin. Priced at just £47 + p&p this is a useful test to check whether you need to supplement your Vitamin D intake or not.
Read my Blog Post on “Can you really count your eggs?”