Women undergo fertility testing before egg freezing
Before undergoing egg freezing at Nashville Fertility Center, all women must provide a medical history and undergo a physical examination. Women who visit our Nashville egg freezing center must also undergo fertility testing before egg freezing. The purpose of testing is to assess a woman’s ovarian reserve, or egg supply, and to help her fertility specialist determine the best stimulation protocol.
Fertility testing before egg freezing provides important information
When a woman undergoes fertility testing before egg freezing, it helps the physicians at our Nashville egg freezing center determine whether she is a good candidate for fertility preservation. A woman’s ovarian reserve, or the number of eggs she has in her ovaries, can predict how successful egg freezing will be for her.
Other predictors of whether egg freezing will be successful include genetics, exposure to chemotherapy or radiation, and medical issues, such as endometriosis or previous ovarian surgery. All of these factors can influence the quality and quantity of a women’s egg supply.
Multiple tests can evaluate a woman’s ovarian reserve
The egg freezing process involves using fertility medications to stimulate a woman’s ovaries to produce multiple follicles which contain the eggs. Our Nashville egg freezing center uses a number of tests to assess a woman’s ovarian reserve and how responsive her ovaries will be to these medications.
- Anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) is one blood test that our fertility specialists use to assess ovarian reserve. If a woman has low AMH levels, she has a diminished ovarian reserve and will likely respond poorly to fertility medications.
- Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) is another blood test that can determine ovarian reserve. If a woman has a high FSH, she conversely has a diminished ovarian reserve.
- Transvaginal ultrasound is used to determine a woman’s antral follicle count, or the number of small, unstimulated egg-containing follicles. A low antral follicle suggests that a woman will have a poor response to ovarian stimulation.
Together, these tests help our fertility specialists decide whether a woman is a good candidate for the egg freezing procedure. Our Nashville egg freezing center is experienced in providing ovarian reserve testing. As a result, our fertility specialists are able to more accurately predict whether a woman will find success when she wants to freeze her eggs for future use.
If you would like to learn more about egg freezing and fertility testing at Nashville Fertility Center, please contact us today. We are committed to helping women take control of their reproductive health.
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