What is Ovarian Reserve?
Ovarian reserve determines the capacity of the ovaries to produce egg cells or in other words ovum’s, the fertilization of which will lead to a successful and healthy pregnancy.
Female age is very important factor that helps to estimate the probability for conception. With advanced female age the number of the eggs declines, which leads to a diminishing ovary reserve.
Ovarian Reserve Fertility Testing
Naturally we expect the ovary to age in a certain way. Nevertheless there are cases when ovarian reserve can suddenly diminish despite physiological norms. That's why screening for ovarian reserve is a fundamental part of the initial evaluation for infertility patients of any age.
The purpose for ovarian reserve testing is to identify females, who are in a risk group of patients for decreased or diminished ovarian reserve. Ovarian reserve testing is a compulsory fertility screening for women who are unsuccessfully trying to conceive during a long period of time.
Female’s age is the single most important factor that helps to predict the ovarian reserve and is like guidance for any IVF treatment.
The most popular fertility tests for ovarian reserve are FSH and AMH blood tests and Follicular Count, which is measured by transvaginal ultrasonography in the early follicular phase.
IVF Treatments For Patients With Low Ovarian Reserve
Ovarian reserve consists of 2 important factors that can affect women’s chance of conceiving a baby through IVF treatment. The first factor is the number of actual follicles that are suitable for extraction and the second factor is the actual health (quality) of those follicles. Women’s chronological age directly affects the number and quality of the follicles’. In the majority of cases women with low ovarian reserve are low or poor responders for IVF hormone stimulation protocols. IVF specialists around the world recommend patient’s with low ovarian reserve to consider egg donation treatments as it highly increase their chances for conception and healthy pregnancy.
Wed, 02/17/2016 - 15:56 | Category: IVF