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An Ovarian Reserve Testing Can Help You Evaluate the Possibility of Conceiving

An Ovarian Reserve Testing Can Help You Evaluate the Possibility of Conceiving

Parenthood, the most natural human phenomenon, is slowly becoming a rarity, leading to many couples seeking medical help. The process however can be tough. And, sometimes numerous visits to fertility clinics go futile. For such couples, Ovarian Reserve testing or analysis, can come as a great relief.

What is Ovarian Reserve?
Ovarian Reserve is basically the pool of eggs present in a woman's ovaries at any given time. Ovarian Reserve testing is a method to evaluate the eggs, thereby determine the probability of conceiving a baby. It also identifies if you are at risk of decreased or diminished ovarian reserve. Some who have a diminishing Ovarian Reserve either plan a baby immediately or go for storage of eggs to be used later when they feel settled in career or prepared otherwise.

IVF and Ovarian Reserve
IVF is a form of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) wherein the fertilization of the egg takes place outside the body and once the egg is fertilized, it is inserted back into the womb. Ovarian Reserve Testing is a strong determinant of whether a woman will conceive or not through the process of IVF. Women with a good response to fertility treatments have normal ovarian reserve while others are considered to have diminished ovarian reserve.
Women are born with their lifetime supply of eggs, and these gradually decrease in both quality and quantity with age. However, in some cases, especially observed in the last 10-20 years, due to genetic abnormalities, hormonal disorders and other reasons, women in late 20s also have decreased Ovarian Reserve. This testing helps such women avoid the difficult process of IVF and endless visits to doctors and go for other options such as adoption or surrogacy.

Ovarian Reserve and Anti-Mullerian Hormone
Determination of Ovarian Reserve is done by evaluating Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH), a hormone secreted by cells in developing follicles. The level of AMH in a woman's blood is an indicator of her ovarian reserve. There are other tests as well that are currently used for such evaluation, however, most tests do not yield perfect results. So, doctors mostly go in for a combination of AMH test and others, to get a better estimate of the reserve.

(Also read: How To Answer The Question "When Will You Have A Baby?" When You're Infertile )

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