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Be Empowered to Ask About Your Ovarian Reserve

When it comes to understanding your fertility, ovarian reserve testing is of utmost importance. Your ovarian reserve, or quality and quantity of eggs left in your ovaries, can tell your doctor more about your personal reproductive timeline.

Females are born with all of the eggs they will ever have. Their ovarian reserve peaks around age 16, and begins to decline from that point. Around age 35, female fertility declines more steadily and by a woman’s mid-forties, she is approaching menopause. A woman in menopause will not be able to conceive with her own eggs. The results of your ovarian reserve testing can help you decide if you should freeze your eggs now, plan to start a family in the next year, or seek out fertility treatment options like donor egg in vitro fertilization (IVF).

So how do you know what your ovarian reserve looks like? Surprisingly, ovarian reserve testing is quite simple. Your OB-GYN or a reproductive endocrinologist (fertility doctor) can order the test and you will have results within two weeks. On day 3 of your menstrual cycle, you will have blood drawn to measure your Anti Mullerian Hormone (AMH) and Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH). Your doctor may also conduct a trans-vaginal ultrasound to take a look at your ovaries and measure the number of visible follicles on your ovaries.

A low AMH level, or high FSH level, indicates there are few good eggs left in your ovaries with potential for becoming a healthy pregnancy. You may want to consider freezing the eggs you do have, or trying to conceive sooner than later. Don’t panic, though, there ARE reproductive options available to you. It is best to learn about your ovarian reserve so you can work with your doctor to plan accordingly. If your OB-GYN does not recommend testing your ovarian reserve, we can help you find a doctor who will test your ovarian reserve.

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