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Ovarian Reserve and IVF Success
Written in Partnership with Univfy
January 13, 2014
Your ovarian reserve is one indicator of whether you will be successful with in vitro fertilization (IVF). Ovarian reserve relates to the quantity and quality of a woman’s eggs. As a woman ages, she has fewer eggs, and the quality of those eggs decreases. In other words, ovarian reserve declines.
Fortunately, there are three good predictors of ovarian reserve. These can help you determine a fertility treatment plan that will improve your chances of having a baby.
- Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH). FSH is measured on Day 3 of your menstrual cycle. This hormone stimulates the follicles in your ovaries to produce eggs. In a healthy young woman, FSH levels are low on Day 3. If you have a decreased supply of follicles and they do not respond to FSH, FSH production is increased, resulting in high FSH levels.
- Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH). AMH corresponds to the number of follicles a woman has. As a woman ages and the number of follicles she has decreases, the amount of AMH in her blood decreases as well. Women with higher levels of AMH tend to respond well to ovarian stimulation and produce more eggs for IVF than women with low levels of AMH.
- Antral Follicle Count. The Antral Follicle Count is the number of follicles, which may develop into mature eggs, visible in a woman’s ovaries via ultrasound at the beginning of the menstrual cycle.
The results of these tests are an important first step in understanding your reproductive potential. But those numbers alone don’t predict IVF success.
Univfy IVF Prediction Tests take multiple factors into account to predict your individual chance of having a baby with IVF. In addition to your Day 3 FSH Levels, the tests uses your age, height, weight, smoking history, reproductive history, clinical diagnosis, and partner or donor sperm count to accurately predict your chance of success with IVF. Antral follicle count and AMH can also be included to determine your personalized prediction, although Univfy IVF Prediction Tests do not require them for accurate results.
Univfy IVF Prediction Tests can be an important part of the fertility consultation. A more complete picture of your individual situation can assist you to make an informed decision, with your doctor, on whether IVF is the right treatment for you.