Fertility test kits: affordable and easy but there are downsides

Growing numbers of people are buying at-home fertility tests despite concern from some leading doctors that these products may cause already anxious would-be parents to worry unnecessarily about their ability to have children.

They also say there is an urgent need for better regulation in this area.

There has been a tripling in sales of Superdrug’s at-home hormone tests since December last year. The health and beauty retailer also offers consultations with online doctors about testing, with average weekly bookings rising by more than 400% during the same time period. Meanwhile, the health company Randox has reported “considerable growth” in its fertility testing kits.

Most companies offer the testing of the anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH), which can help estimate the number of follicles inside the ovaries, and progesterone, a hormone that plays an important role in the menstrual cycle.

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This article was written by Sarah Marsh and originally published on www.theguardian.com