USC Fertility

Fertility Testing Before Egg Freezing

Baseline fertility testing before egg freezing

For women who wish to preserve their fertility so they can try to have a child later in life, the timing of egg freezing is important. As with any fertility treatment, the process begins with a thorough assessment that provides a baseline measure of your current egg quantity, or ovarian reserve. Fertility testing before egg freezing gives your fertility specialist the information needed to calibrate your treatment plan to maximize results.

If you’re considering egg freezing and wondering how much time you have before you need to act, fertility testing will help you pinpoint your optimum fertility window. Or, if you already know you’re ready to move ahead with egg freezing and want to get started, your fertility specialist in Los Angeles will first order a series of tests to determine whether any fertility problems exist that could affect your treatment cycle or outcomes.

Types of fertility testing before egg freezing

Women are born with a lifetime supply of eggs already in their ovaries, and that number declines slowly through the mature years. Age-related fertility decline is normal and natural, but even younger women can have diminished ovarian reserve. Fertility testing before egg freezing gives your fertility specialist as much information as possible about your egg quantity, so that he or she can tailor your ovarian stimulation medications to maximize egg output during your treatment cycle.

Combined together, several types of fertility testing before egg freezing can provide a reliable indication of ovarian reserve. Three blood tests, taken on the second or third day of your period, provide a wealth of information about your egg supply.

  • An elevated follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) level predicts lower egg quantity.
  • The estradiol level provides information to help interpret the FSH result.
  • A high Anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) level indicates good egg quantity.

In addition to your blood tests, your fertility specialist will also order a vaginal ultrasound, early in your cycle, to examine your uterus and ovaries. At this time, an antral follicle count will be performed, in which the ultrasound technician visually counts the number of egg follicles that appear on both of your ovaries. A high count indicates a good egg supply, which often indicates that a good number of eggs can be retrieved.

Get tested early

Egg freezing allows you to capture and preserve your eggs when they are at their healthiest and most plentiful, generally in a woman’s 20s or 30s. If you’re interested in fertility preservation at any age, it’s wise to come in for fertility testing before egg freezing so that you and your fertility specialist can capture your eggs at peak fertility.

To schedule a consultation with an egg freezing specialist in Los Angeles, contact us now.