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Ovarian Reserve – Woman’s Biological Clock | Santa Monica Fertility

Ovarian Reserve – Woman’s Biological Clock  | Santa Monica Fertility


Hello I’m Dr John Jain and today I would like
to talk to you about Ovarian Reserve. So the term ovarian reserve means egg inventory,
how many eggs are left in the ovary. When a woman starts menstruating as a teenager
she has about 500,000 eggs in her ovaries, and over time batches of these eggs will be
released every month. So by the age of 30 a woman only has 10% of her eggs left, and
at age 40 she only has 3% of her eggs left. That sounds rather alarming, but the good
news is fertility is still quite good when a woman is in her 30’s. In order to test or
estimate ovarian reserve we can do a variety of tests. One test is an ultrasound, which
is performed when a woman is on her period during which we count the resting eggs. If
we see 8 or more eggs in the ovaries that means the ovarian reserve is still good. Blood
tests for ovarian reserve are Day 3 FSH & Estradiol and the Anti Mullerian Hormone test. The purpose
for testing ovarian reserve is to plan fertility therapy. Fertility therapy is based on recruiting
more eggs and making more embryos in order to increase the chance for a pregnancy. For
women with a low ovarian reserve they tent to make less eggs and therefore we see less
embryos and lower pregnancy rates. But low ovarian reserve does not mean that a woman
can’t get pregnant, in fact if she is ovulating and in her 30’s there’s a good chance that
she can get pregnant. If you have any further questions about ovarian reserve please contact
me at [email protected] Thank you.

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