Connecting the dots: Fertility numbers impact pregnancy planning
Often, we read or hear news stories about the importance of health numbers like cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index (BMI). For our Manhattan Beach fertility center patients, knowing your fertility numbers is equally important. Dr. Mark Rispler wants to make sure our patients have a clear understanding of certain fertility numbers and what they mean for getting pregnant.
Our Manhattan Beach fertility center reviews fertility numbers
During any given cycle, you only have about a 20% chance of conceiving. This number decreases for women age 35 or older. Although many people consider infertility a female issue, only one-third of cases occur because of female factor infertility. Male factor infertility represents one-third of cases, and the rest fall into the category of unexplained.
The 411 on infertility testing and fertility numbers
When you visit our Manhattan Beach fertility center, Dr. Rispler will want to complete a full fertility evaluation to identify potential roadblocks to conception. As part of this thorough assessment, he will also recommend a semen analysis to rule out male factor infertility.
During your female infertility testing, Dr. Rispler may order the following tests:
- Anti-mullerian hormone (AMH)
By assessing AMH, a hormone produced by the granulosa cells of the ovarian follicles, Dr. Rispler can watch for lower than normal levels, which may signify low ovarian reserve and the likelihood of poor response to ovarian stimulation.
- Antral follicle counts
This test records the number of visible ovarian follicles, which correlates with the quantity of remaining eggs and how well you are likely to do in a fertility cycle.
- Day 3 FSH and estradiol tests
Measured early in your cycle, high levels of FSH and estrogen can indicate decreased egg quality and low ovarian reserve. We also test for other hormones such as thyroid stimulating hormone.
- Progesterone level test
If testing reveals low progesterone, Dr. Rispler may want to investigate ovulation issues and potential progesterone supplementation to ensure support for an early pregnancy.
If you and your partner have tried to get pregnant without success, Dr. Rispler and the team at our Manhattan Beach fertility center can help. With proper fertility testing and analysis of your fertility numbers, Dr. Rispler can develop a detailed treatment plan to assist you in achieving a healthy pregnancy. Contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.