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Ovarian reserve

Ovarian aging

The quantity and quality of the follicles left in the ovary at any given time

About

A healthy woman has a finite number of eggs, which irreversibly declines with age. An accurate assessment of your ovarian reserve is therefore vital as both egg quality and quantity impact on the chances of getting pregnant and IVF success rates.

Need to know

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    Having an ovarian reserve assessment can help you decide when and if you should go ahead with fertility treatment. The most accurate markers of ovarian reserve we recommend are: - Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH levels): This is a protein hormone produced by cells within the ovary. A blood test can be taken at any point in your cycle to check this. - Antral Follicle Count: This is a transvaginal scan to assess the number of follicles primed ready to grow, which can be done at any point in your cycle. You will be able to go straight home after either test is carried out.
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    Tests are non-invasive and cause minimal discomfort. Your consultant will tell you how to prepare.
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    You'll be able to go home straight after your test. A diagnosis of low ovarian reserve is often an unexpected one and adds to what can already be a period of significant stress and anxiety. We believe that markers of low ovarian reserve should be used as a means of appropriate counselling rather than a tool for rationing or declining fertility treatment.
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