Our Dallas fertility center experts explain ovarian reserve testing
Conservative statistics reveal that 1 in 8 couples struggle with infertility. In our Dallas fertility center, we work with our patients to identify and treat common causes of infertility. During a complete fertility evaluation, our physicians will rule out issues such as blocked tubes, hormonal imbalances and potential male factor infertility. One key element of female fertility is measured by ovarian reserve testing.
Understanding the importance of ovarian reserve testing
To assess the approximate number of eggs remaining in your ovaries, our Dallas fertility center physicians may recommend ovarian reserve testing, especially for patients over the age of 35. Women are born with all of their eggs, and the pool of reserves dwindles over time.
With ovarian reserve testing, we can make a better determination as to how quickly you should proceed with fertility treatment, how well you are likely to respond to ovarian stimulation and whether or not you should freeze your eggs.
Get the details on ovarian reserve testing in our Dallas fertility center
Typically, we measure ovarian reserve with a combination of the following tests:
- Day 3 FSH test and estradiol test Blood testing will look for high levels of FSH and estrogen, which can signify decreased egg reserves.
- AMH testing A blood test to measure anti-mullerian hormone is like a peek inside your pool of remaining eggs. Very immature follicles release this chemical, and it gives us enlightening data about your future fertility.
- Antral follicle count Using a transvaginal ultrasound, your Dallas fertility center physician analyzes the number of egg-containing follicles at the start of your menstrual cycle. Generally, the fewer follicles we find, the more likely it is that a patient will have a decreased ovarian reserve.
If you have a family history of premature menopause, are considering egg freezing or are over 35 and wish to have a family, ask us about ovarian reserve testing. The team at our Dallas fertility center can assist you. Contact our office to learn more or make an appointment.