Understanding Your Fertility – Ovarian Reserve Testing

Understanding Your Fertility – Ovarian Reserve Testing

by | April 18th, 2017
  

Ovarian reserve testing is the best way to be proactive about your fertility

Ovarian Reserve TestingIf you’re like many women, you’re wondering if you really need to know specific details about your fertility. You’re probably thinking, “I’ll try to get pregnant on my own, and if that doesn’t work, I’ll visit USC Fertility.” That’s not a terrible idea, but an even better one is to visit our Los Angeles fertility clinic for ovarian reserve testing before you even plan to get pregnant.

Any woman who wants to become a mother should undergo ovarian reserve testing

A woman’s natural fertility declines with age, but some women experience reduced fertility at a younger age. For this reason, our Los Angeles fertility clinic recommends ovarian reserve testing to any woman who wants to have a baby someday. Knowing your ovarian reserve can help you make plans for the future.

Testing is especially important for certain groups of women.

  • Women who have a family history of premature menopause.
  • Women under the age of 35 who have been unable to get pregnant for one year.
  • Women 35 or older who have been unable to get pregnant for six months.

There are a series of tests to check your ovarian reserve

Our Los Angeles fertility clinic offers comprehensive testing for ovarian reserve to obtain a complete picture of your reproductive potential. Two of the most common tests are AMH testing and an antral follicle count.

  • AMH testing checks your antimüllerian hormone levels to gauge how many eggs you have in your ovaries. Since these hormone levels don’t vary throughout the month, AMH can be tested at any time during your menstrual cycle.
  • Antral follicle count is a transvaginal ultrasound that’s performed at the start of your cycle. Your physician will count the number of follicles in your ovaries. The results tell you how many eggs you have and how you will respond to fertility medication.

Your ovarian reserve test results tell your physician how likely you are to get pregnant compared to other women your age. Regardless of your results, there are fertility treatments available to help you start a family. If you have more questions about fertility testing, please contact USC.


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