OVARIAN RESERVE FERTILITY TESTS

OVARIAN RESERVE FERTILITY TESTS

Women are born with a lifetime’s supply of eggs that are present in their ovaries. However, as their age progresses, the quality and number of eggs deteriorate, increasing their chances of infertility. Eggs are lost during menstruation and when women reach the stage of menopause, the supply of eggs becomes completely depleted.

WHY OVARIAN RESERVE FERTILITY TESTS?

Our specialists perform tests to help women determine their fertility potential by providing useful information about the time left to conceive and the state and the number of eggs present in the ovaries. These tests are not absolute indicators of infertility but a noticeable change in the hormone levels would help our doctors determine the right course of treatment for you..

WHAT ARE THE TESTS INVOLVED?

AMH (ANTI-MULLERIAN HORMONE)
The anti-mullerian hormones are produced by the cells in the follicles and a blood test will help determine whether their levels are low or high. High levels would indicate a substantial amount of eggs. However, as the age of the patient progresses, these levels may fall.

FOLLICLE STIMULATING HORMONE (FSH)
The follicle-stimulating hormones are produced in the pituitary gland in the brain and are responsible for maturing the eggs in the ovary. A blood test is performed on the second or third day of the menstrual cycle. Unlike the results for AMH, higher levels of FSH would indicate poor ovarian reserves and low levels indicate good ovarian reserves.

AFC (ANTRAL FOLLICLE COUNT)
This test is done by the means of a vaginal ultrasound to examine the Antal follicles as they contain immature eggs but have the potential to develop into mature eggs. A high AFC count indicates a good ovarian reserve whereas a low count indicates weak fertility potential.