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Would you a like a way to "check your eggs" discreetly, and at home? Maybe you're worried menopause is approaching and you'd like to see how its affecting your hormones. FSH test strips are what you're looking for.
FSH test kits indicate the level of follicle-stimulating hormone in your urine. It works just like a pregnancy or ovulation test strip. You catch a urine sample in a cup then dip the strip to the dip level line.
High levels of FSH in your urine could be a sign of low egg supply or low egg quality. High FSH levels may also indicate the approach of menopause.
It's wonderful that FSH test strips have been approved by the FDA because it gives you more confidence in your own health issues. If the test strips return a result that's worrying to you, you have an idea of what to discuss with your doctor, and the two of you can together create a treatment plan or plan further tests you'd like to have.
Using the FSH kit also allows you to research causes of FSH levels and look into possible treatment options.
Start the test on Cycle Day 3 - the third day of your period. You'll test on Cycle Day 3, Day 4, and Day 5.
Capture a urine sample in a clean container (Dixie cups are great for this). Open up the test strip pouch, then dip the strip into the urine to the max line. Leave it in for 3-4 seconds, then lay it out on a flat surface.
Unlike the short wait of a pregnancy test, you need to wait 10-20 minutes for an FSH test result. Don't wait any longer than 30 minutes.
With FSH test strips you want a negative result. A negative result means the test line is lighter than the control line (or non-existant, meaning you see only the control line).
If you see two lines and the test line is darker than the control line, that means your FSH levels are high. You need to repeat the test to confirm your results. So use a test kit again on Cycle Day 4 and 5. Also try and test around the same time every day. You should be aware that some over the counter and prescription drugs may affect your results, so try and avoid taking anything close to when you'll be using the test kit.
If you get confirmed positive readings on all three days it could be a sign of menopause or other infertility issues, and it's a good time to give your doctor a call to find out your options.
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