As women approach the age of 35, reproductive ability begins a sharp decline until the ovaries stop functioning altogether. That is why an egg test check is vital at any age. This test will determine your chances of conceiving, and help provide the next steps towards building yourself a family. Egg test checks are often referred to as “ovarian reserve” tests, because they are testing the supply (or reserve) of eggs remaining in the ovaries. The main goal of ovarian reserve testing is to identify a woman’s reproductive potential as a function of the number and quality of her remaining eggs.
This testing should be performed for women older than 35 years old who have attempted to conceive, but have not become pregnant after 6 months, and women at a higher risk of a decreased egg supply. Women who are considered at a higher risk are those who have a history of cancer treated with chemotherapy, pelvic irradiation, those with medical conditions treated with gonadotoxic therapies, or those who have had ovarian surgeries (for cysts, endometriosis, or torsion). Women with a diminished egg supply commonly have regular menstruation but a reduced quantity of ovarian follicles, which may cause a limited response to fertility medications and a reduced chance of achieving a live birth in a single reproductive cycle. Today the most commonly used tests in the United States are the basal follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and the clomiphene citrate challenge test (CCCT). Ultrasounds have recently been used to test egg supply as well.
Why You Need an Egg Test Check
Successful pregnancy outcome is very much related to a woman’s age – when using their own eggs. Most women in their 40’s will have less than 25,000 eggs. As women wait longer to have children, more couples have fertility problems due to declining egg quantity and quality, that is why an egg test check can become beneficial for couples trying to conceive. Here are 5 reasons you need an egg test check:
- Egg test checking can tell us a lot about the remaining quantity of eggs a woman has.
As women get older, the number of eggs a woman has takes a sharp decline. This may cause a woman to be infertile. The reduced supply of eggs will result in a lower chance of success for women trying to get pregnant. An egg test check is a great way to help determine the quantity of eggs left in a woman.
- Egg quality declines.
When couples try to get pregnant on their own a limiting factor will sometimes be egg quality. Egg quality in a woman can be average for her age, better than average, or worse than average. A woman in her late 30’s may have a regular monthly period and have sex on the best day for fertilization, but if the egg she ovulates is poor quality there might be complications.
There is a chance that fertilization will not happen or there is fertilization but the egg will not develop properly enough to become capable of implanting in the uterus. Another possibility is that the egg will be implanted in to the uterus but then not be healthy and normal enough to be able to continue proper fetal development, which might result in a miscarriage. Although age is the best way, egg check tests are good indicators of the quality of your eggs
- Determines your chances of conceiving.
Egg check tests are a great way to see if you can still give birth naturally. They are also the best way to find out if you have fertility problems and need further treatment to conceive.
- Female age.
Recently many women have been waiting till their 30’s and 40’s to have children. What some women might not know is that age is becoming a growing cause of fertility rsproblems. As women grow older their ovaries become less able to release eggs as well as the number of a woman’s eggs decreases and are not as healthy. Aging not only decreases a woman’s chances of having a baby but also increases her chances of a possible miscarriage. An egg test checking women over the age of 35 years would be beneficial to see if the woman’s eggs are still healthy and able
- Helps Determine The Next Step.
Egg check tests help doctors determine what to do next to help build you a family. If your eggs lack in quantity and quality you will need treatment in order to give birth to a child. Fertility treatments your doctor may recommend are In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Intra-Uterine Insemination, surgery or even certain medications that help with infertility. The key to successful treatment is to begin the process early.
Reproductive Specialists of New York (RSofNY) provides the Egg Check Test for women looking to conceive as well as freezing eggs and/or embryos for fertility preservation. We can preserve the eggs or embryos for elective (not ready to get pregnant now but want to optimize the potential for having children in the future) and medical (patients with a medical diagnosis that may render them infertile) reasons. Contact RSofNY today to schedule an appointment!