Fertility test runs dangers of misguiding women’s reproductive choices

| | October 6, 2015
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Women concerned about their fertility can use a test to help decide whether they should freeze their eggs now or whether they still have time to have a baby.

But this test, called an ovarian reserve test, is often ambiguous and can be misinterpreted. Some fertility specialists worry that many women will be misled by their results, leading some to feel pressured to freeze their eggs when they don’t need to and others to miss their best window to do so.

Different fertility centers have different versions of this test, but every woman exploring the option of egg freezing has to take one so that doctors can figure out whether she is a good candidate for the procedure. At many fertility centers, the test involves measuring three different hormones in the blood that typically change dramatically in women between age 35 and menopause. There’s also an ultrasound to count follicles, which is where eggs mature in the ovaries. Doctors put all this information together, to get a rough picture of a woman’s egg supply.

Reproductive medicine specialists say ovarian reserve testing can be useful for women who discover when they take it that their egg supply may be running low. “The ability to both test for your egg supply and at the same time do something about it is really amazing,” says Dr. Benjamin Leader, a fertility diagnostics researcher and CEO of ReproSource, a fertility testing company in Woburn, Mass.

Read full, original post: Women Find A Fertility Test Isn’t As Reliable As They’d Like

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