Endocrine Services

Virginia IVF & Andrology Center provides hormone testing for our physicians to monitor their patients during ovulation induction. Ovulation induction is the procedure by which a woman is given medication to stimulate her ovaries to grow multiple follicles with eggs. This is done when a woman is undergoing an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle or is planning to have an intrauterine insemination (IUI).

Your physician will order any endocrine testing needed to monitor your cycle. Measuring the amount of estradiol in the patient's serum, combined with ultrasound measurements of her ovarian follicles by our physicians, is critical during ovulation induction. Since the large commercial testing laboratories are not capable of giving same day results, Virginia IVF & Andrology Center provides hormone testing that is rapid and reliable to assist your physician during this process.

Hormones Routinely Tested

Estradiol: Is produced by the ovary and in the early part of the menstrual cycle should be low. Abnormally high levels on day 3 may indicate a functional cyst or diminished ovarian reserve.

Progesterone: Is the dominant hormone produced by the ovary following ovulation. It is responsible for preparing the uterine lining for implantation and remains elevated during pregnancy.

Luteinizing Hormone (LH): Is produced by the pituitary gland and elevations are observed before ovulation.

When you are undergoing ovulation induction for IVF or IUI, you will most likely have your blood drawn at either your physician's office or at Henrico Doctors' Hospital - Parham Road Laboratory draw station. Your physician's office will give you all necessary instructions and paperwork, be sure to bring these with you when you have your blood drawn. After your blood is drawn it is transported to Virginia IVF & Andrology Centerís Andrology Laboratory, where it will be tested and reported to your physician the same day.

This rapid result testing performed by Virginia IVF and Andrology Center may not be covered by your insurance carrier as it may require all lab work to be performed at a specific laboratory, even though that laboratory is unable to provide same day results.