Why is the E-tegrity test important?

Understanding the cause of fertility problems is important to both you and your doctor. Studies show that women lacking the Beta-3 integrin have lower pregnancy rates than women who have the Beta-3 integrin. Performing the E-tegrity Test, before an expensive in vitro fertilization procedure, could predict the success or failure of that process. Studies also show that women with mild or moderate endometriosis or other hidden problems are missing the Beta-3 integrin. This test, used along with your other medical information, helps your doctor decide which treatment is right for you.

A positive test result means the Beta-3 integrin has been detected. This indicates that the uterus is receptive to the implantation of the fertilized egg. A negative test result means the Beta-3 integrin has not been detected. A negative result can be caused by one of two conditions. The first condition, called “out of phase,” occurs when the development of the uterine lining is delayed. The second condition, called “in phase,” means that the lining of the uterus has developed properly, but the Beta-3 integrin is still missing. Your test result will help your doctor decide the best form of treatment.

Timing of the E-tegrity Test is very important. Your doctor will ask you to determine when you ovulate by using a commercial ovulation detection test administered at home. Your doctor will then collect a sample of your uterine lining 7 to 11 days after the ovulation test is positive. The sample is sent to Innovative Reproductive Solutions, the only licensed provider of the E-tegrity Test.

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