What is Ovarian Reserve Testing?

Dr. Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron, Fertility Centers of Illinois explains what ovarian reserve testing is and why it is an important step during the IVF process.

Why is ovarian reserve testing important??

Ovarian reserve testing is a way to gauge how a potential egg donor will respond to specific medication used during egg retrieval and in-vitro fertilization. The test involves measuring hormone levels and an ultrasound to predict how they would respond to IVF medications, how many eggs you would get, what's the best dosing for those medications, and how to go about management and treatment for that patient.

The ovarian reserve test does not tell the IVF physicians the quality of the eggs, which is generally determined by age of the donor. But, the ovarian reserve test will tell us the number of eggs that can be retrieved and how the doctors can best optimize the patient's menstrual cycle.

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Posted by Dr. Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron

Dr. Hirshfeld-Cytron is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and has been practicing medicine since 2004. She completed her residency at the University of Chicago, and then completed a three year fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Northwestern. Her personal practice philosophy stems not only from her clinical expertise but from her experience as a woman and a mother. She understands the importance of individualized, comprehensive infertility care.


Website: https://www.fcionline.com/


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