Written by contributing writer Bridgit.
If you are ready to do a fertility check-up, you may be wondering where to start. Today I’ll start with the best first lab for women, and next month we’ll talk about the guys.
A CBC ‘With Extras’ for Her
I think the best place for women to start is with an easy, peasy blood draw. When you analyze blood work with a functional medical lens, it can tell you quite a bit about your health. And when you order those tests with fertility in mind, you get a great base to get started on your fertility journey.
Here’s what to get:
- CBC with differential
- vitamin D
- Fasting glucose (you need to have not eaten)
- Free T4
- Free T3
- TPO ab
- TG ab
- free testosterone
These tests will inform you about anemia, digestion, immune activity, liver, thyroid function, autoimmune hypothyroid and blood sugar/ PCOS.
But here’s the thing; your doctor may not be willing or able to order and/or interpret these tests for you. You can certainly ask your GP or GYN to order these tests, and you may have better luck with your endocrinologist or RE. But many physicians are not trained to order or interpret blood work from a functional medicine perspective.
There’s no reason to get upset if you can’t get these tests this way. We can’t ask physicians to suddenly practice in a way they are not trained for, and we can’t ask them to utilize your insurance benefits in a way that they can’t justify.
So what can you do? You can order through directlabs.com and then set up an appointment with someone trained in functional medicine (either as a virtual/online consult like I do) or through a qualified local naturopath trained in functional and fertility medicine to have the results analyzed. I think you’ll be quite surprised by what you haven’t learned through your labs thus far!
You can usually use your health savings account (HSA) to pay for these non-covered medical expenses, so that’s something to think about for next year if you don’t already have a HSA.
It’s worth the time and money to get this information so you can create a clear plan, based on fact, with your qualified practitioner. And then you’re really on your way to making that baby!
What are your questions about labs? I’m always happy to help!