Women are born with millions of eggs (5-7 million), however, the number of eggs decreases progressively from birth (1-2 million) to puberty (500,000) and then menopause (1,000). The eggs age at different rates among women regardless of their health status. In general, the quality of a woman’s eggs decreases progressively from puberty. More rapid decreases in quality begin at age of 35 with increased difficulty conceiving naturally in their late 30s and 40s. Unfortunately for some women the quality of their eggs decline as early as their 20s.
Frustrations with Ovarian Aging
Over the years one of the common frustrations women have voiced is that they wish they had known that their eggs were aging at a faster rate than normal. With the advancements in egg freezing over the last five years, more women would benefit from knowing the status of their egg quality as early as feasible. Women whose eggs are still viable can consider delaying starting their families depending on their age. Women whose eggs have a decrease in quality or quantity may consider preserving their fertility by freezing eggs or embryos before further compromise occurs based on age or other medical factors.
Family History of Infertility
There are also single women whose mother or siblings have experienced infertility and were diagnosed with decreased egg quality or quantity at a young age. These women would also benefit greatly from understanding their egg health early in their lives.
Criteria for Participating
Houston IVF offers single women an opportunity to determine the current status of their ovarian reserve through Houston IVF’s Fertility Assessment Program. In order to qualify, women must be single, under the age of 40, not planning to conceive within the next six months, and desire information about her current fertility status.
Birth Control Medication
Women who are on birth control pills will need to discontinue the pill for one menstrual cycle before the testing is completed. You can meet with the physician first before you stop the pill if you are uncomfortable stopping the birth control pills prior to your first consult. In addition, you should consider an alternative, non-hormonal form of contraception if you are sexually active such as condoms to prevent pregnancy.
The following services are included in Houston IVF’s Fertility Assessment Program:
New Patient Physician Consult
Baseline Ultrasound – Evaluation of the uterus and number of eggs potentially stimulating during that menstrual cycle assessing both quality and quantity of eggs
Day 3 Hormones including FSH, LH, Estradiol Lab Work – Assessment of the quality of eggs
Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) Lab Work – Assessment of the quantity of eggs
Regroup – Office Appointment with physician to review test results.
How to Start the Program
To schedule an appointment with a Houston IVF physician to being the Fertility Assessment Program, please contact a new patient coordinator at 713-465-1211 or complete a Contact Us form.