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Why Ovarian Reserve Testing Is Misleading

A blog by Kara Nguyen, MD, MPH, RMA of Central Pennsylvania at PinnacleHealth, August 5, 2015
There is no one perfect test for ovarian reserve. There is no test that can tell a woman how many eggs she has left or if the egg she is releasing any given month is a healthy one. Several tests are used routinely as indirect measures of ovarian reserve but it is a misnomer to call them tests of “ovarian reserve” because these tests do not tell us the actual quantity of eggs available. Some common tests that your doctor may order include baseline FSH and estradiol levels, AMH, and preantral follicle counts.

Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) Fertility Test

The AMH test (Anti-Mullerian Hormone) is a blood test to help the fertility doctor assess the woman's ovarian reserve. The test measures the levels of AMH in a woman's blood and is helpful in determining whether a woman has premature ovarian aging (diminished ovarian reserve) or premature ovarian failure.

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Surgical Tests: Hysteroscopy and Laparoscopy

If blood tests and other diagnostic tests do not determine the cause of your infertility, your health care professional may suggest one or two surgical tests to try to diagnose or treat the problem. One test lets the doctor see inside the uterus and the other shows the outside of the uterus, the ovaries, and fallopian tubes.

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What’s the Deal with AMH?

A blog by Dr. Daniel Kort, Damien Fertility Partners, January 7, 2015
AMH is an important test that gives me a lot of good information about a woman’s ovarian function. It's important to understand: what AMH is; why AMH is important; why AMH is not the only important thing.

Fertility Treatment Begins

A blog by Jane Newman, December 24, 2014

Infertility was all new to me. I had to become educated in an area I knew and understood little about. Looking back I feel almost foolish and naïve that I thought I would just have to take medication and I’d get pregnant. I suppose that’s all some people have to do though. If only it would have been that straightforward.

Understanding Your Test Results: Assessing Female Infertility

A blog by Neway Fertility, December 2, 2014

With approximately 10% of couples in the United States affected by infertility, understanding underlying health problems that may contribute to reproductive difficulties is essential. Fertility clinics will help you identify the contributors to fertility, whether it is a problem with one partner or a combination of factors in both partners. With proper diagnosis, treatment plans to maximize chances of fertilization success can be promptly implemented.

Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) Test

What it FSH? What is High FSH? FSH is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland. FSH causes follicles - the sacs in your ovaries that contain eggs - to grow. FSH is the primary hormone responsible for producing eggs. In men, FSH is necessary for sperm production. When Should You Have FSH Levels Checked?

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Ovarian Reserve

A blog by Dr. Daniel Kort, Damien Fertility Partners, November 17, 2014

Measuring the quantity and quality of eggs is one of the most challenging aspects of fertility care. While many patients and couples are often given the diagnosis of “egg factor” or “advanced age” or “decreased ovarian reserve”, the actual diagnosis can be hard to make and even harder to understand.

Three Questions to Ask Before Trying to Conceive

By Dr. Yvonne Bohn, Dr. Allison Hill and Dr. Alane Park, OB/GYNs and Chief Medical Consultants for e.p.t®

Congratulations! You’re planning on having a baby! In order to ensure a healthy, happy conception, ask your doctor these three questions.

Ovarian Reserve and Fertility

By Dr. Yvonne Bohn, Dr. Allison Hill and Dr. Alane Park, OB/GYNs and Chief Medical Consultants for e.p.t®

The decline of a woman’s egg quality and egg quantity is known as diminished ovarian reserve. One culprit is age. We are born with all the eggs we will ever have and over the years that supply decreases and the quality lessens. Another culprit is premature ovarian aging or premature ovarian failure, a condition in women under 40.

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