Smart Woman: The Future Of Fertility

Smart Woman: The Future Of Fertility

A new, cutting edge test can grant a woman a glimpse in to the future of her fertility. It's, simple, inexpensive and any woman can take it, so why don't doctors know about it?
After getting married, a simple blood test would have told Amy and Tim Hoffman not to wait too long before starting a family. 

"We definitely always thought that we'd be parents," said Amy Hoffman.

Although she was in her early thirties, Amy didn't have many reproductive eggs left, a discovery her doctor made after giving Amy an AMH test. It's a blood test that can determine roughly how many eggs a woman has at any point in time. It's not expensive but it's so new your doctor may not even know about it.     

"This actually can tell you on a score less than .1, which is the lowest number, up to 4 or greater, how many eggs you might have left as your ovarian reserve," said Dr. Dorthy Mitchel Leef.

You may not know that a woman's eggs may not necessarily age in tandem with her body. That means it's possible for a female in her mid-30s to have the eggs and thus the fertility chances of a woman much older.

Dr. Leef said, "Many of these ladies actually have lower ovarian reserve, or a lower number of eggs left than we had ever anticipated. We're not sure why, but we're trying to get more of the young women to at least get that test done so they would know where they stand."

Amy went through invitro fertilization and became pregnant.  Women without a partner  can still get an AMH test and freeze their eggs, if the test comes back low.  
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