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Ovarian Reserve Testing

Our fertility doctor explains ovarian reserve testing

ovarian-reserve-testing-blogIf you have struggled to get pregnant, finding a reason for your fertility issue is likely a top priority. Dr. Mark Rispler, our highly trained fertility doctor, has the expertise to address common and hidden causes of infertility. Dr. Rispler utilizes advanced technology to assist with the infertility diagnosis process, including ovarian reserve testing.

An explanation of female biology

In order to conceive, a woman must release an egg that will then be fertilized by sperm in the fallopian tubes. Our fertility doctor will want to determine any issues that may impact your fertility, such as blocked tubes, hormonal imbalances, endometriosis or previous pelvic surgeries. Often, Dr. Rispler will recommend ovarian reserve testing to shed light on important information about your reproductive health.

Making the connection between eggs and fertility

Although men continually produce sperm, women are born with all the eggs they will ever have. At puberty, you begin having regular menstrual cycles, releasing an egg for fertilization each month. As a woman ages, the number of viable eggs decreases, so our fertility doctor uses ovarian reserve testing to gauge potential fertility problems.

What you need to know about ovarian reserve testing

Through a simple blood test, Dr. Rispler can check levels of hormones such as follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH). Additionally, the ovarian reserve testing combines those numbers with your age and other factors to generate an estimate of your viable egg supply.

Although the ovarian reserve testing cannot determine if you will achieve pregnancy, it can provide Dr. Rispler with a detailed picture of your fertility.

When you are trying to get pregnant and haven’t succeeded, you want to find answers. Dr. Rispler will perform a thorough evaluation, including ovarian reserve testing, to identify any obstacles to conception. Contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment with our fertility doctor.