6. Other miscellaneous tests. Based on a couple’s history, the age of the female, or the test results from the above testing, additional tests may be ordered. These include:
- Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). Elevations of this hormone are generally not good as it indicates a limited number of eggs remaining within the ovaries
- Antimullerian hormone (AMH). Diminished levels of this hormone are another indicator of limited egg number.
- Semen profile. This is a more sophisticated sperm test than an ordinary semen analysis. It is often used as a follow up to an abnormal semen analysis and is performed when decisions are needed as to whether a procedure such as in vitro fertilization is necessary.
- Individuals with irregular ovulation should be tested with a variety of blood tests. These tests look for a variety of hormones that could explain the irregular or absent periods, and could be a clue to a simple treatment, such as hyperthyroidism (high thyroid levels) or hypothyroidism (low thyroid levels). One important test looks for an abnormality of blood sugar (glucose) levels and can be important for the baby’s and mother’s health. Control of abnormal blood sugar levels is best accomplished prior to conception.