Pregnancy is wonderful. It is also one of the biggest physical changes in a woman’s life. Ensure your blood counts are optimal by ordering a laboratory package designed for women planning a pregnancy.
LOUNA’s Woman's Fertility Values package is, as the name implies, designed for women who are planning a pregnancy. The package includes a selection of examinations that are particularly focused on ensuring the body is ready for the baby. The results reveal certain potential illnesses and deficiencies.
In order to grow, a new life requires, for example, plenty of vitamins and trace elements, the most important of which is iron. Iron levels, namely haemoglobin and ‘storage iron’, can drop during a pregnancy, which is why the expecting mother has an increased risk of developing iron deficiency anaemia as the fetus grows.
The package also includes a vitamin B12 level test, because vitamin B12 deficiency also causes anaemia. Of the vitamins and trace elements, vitamin D and folate level tests are also included in the package. A good vitamin D level improves the child’s growth. The need for vitamin D also increases during pregnancy. Folate is important for the fetus, because it affects the development of neural pathways. The need for the synthetic substitute for folate, folic acid, is therefore increased during pregnancy.
The thyroid level data is important, because an untreated thyroid illness increases the possibility of infertility and miscarriage. If the fat levels are high, it might be advisable to address them before pregnancy. Being considerably overweight increases the risk of hypertension during pregnancy. Untreated diabetes also increases risks during pregnancy, which is why we have included the fasting blood sugar level examination in the laboratory package.
The package also includes the most important hormone tests that affect fertility. Overproduction of prolactin, the milk hormone, can cause menstrual disorders and infertility in women. The last test on the list is AMH, the Anti-Muller hormone test, which measures the functioning of the ovaries – the reserve available for the ovaries. The AMH test is relevant at the latest in the event of infertility.
Red blood cell count
The number of red blood cells (B-Eryt)
Basic blood count and thrombocytes
The average amount of hemoglobin in red blood cells
Mean corpuscular haemoglobin (MCH) measures the amount of oxygen-delivering haemoglobin in the red blood cells. MCH is part of the Complete blood count and Basic blood count.
Avarage hemoglobin concentration in red blood cells
Mean corpuscular haemoglobin concentration E-MCHC. MCHC is part of the Complete blood count and Basic blood count.
Medium erythrocyte volume
Mean corpuscular volume (E-MCV). MCV is part of the Complete blood count and Basic blood count.
Active vitamin B12
Lactation starts from the brain. Prolactin is responsible for starting and maintaining milk production after childbirth. In women, excessive levels of prolactin can cause menstrual disorders and infertility.
Inflammation and infections
CRP is short for C-reactive protein (S-CRP). In healthy individuals, the liver continuously produces small amounts of CRP. Its amount increases considerably in connection with infections, inflammation, and tissue damage in the body.
Heart and blood vessels
Fasting is required
Paastoa vaativissa tutkimuksissa tulee olla syömättä ja juomatta 10–12 tuntia ennen verikoetta. Tarvittaessa tuona aikana voi juoda lasin vettä.
Paastoverikokeet suosittelemme otettavaksi kello 8–10 välisenä aikana. Lue muista suosituksista täältä.
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