Your ovarian reserve test results will assess your FSH level, which can be used as an indirect measure of egg quantity.
The results will indicate if your ovarian reserve should be adequate to achieve a spontaneous ovulation, provided there are no other causes for preventing ovulation, such as a hormone imbalance. This ovarian reserve testing does not diagnose fertile or infertile states of health and does not provide information about possible reasons for the inability to become pregnant due to ovulation disorders or other factors. Checking your hormone level within the body is suggested if you’re looking to gain a better understanding of your overall fertility and well-being.
How else can someone's ovarian reserve be evaluated?
FSH testing—which is what the Everlywell Ovarian Reserve Test lets you do—can provide an indirect measure of one’s ovarian reserve (how many eggs you have left). However, there are other ways one can be assessed for a potentially low ovarian reserve. One of the most reliable techniques makes use of transvaginal ultrasound to determine the person’s antral follicle count.
Antral follicles refer to follicles that are in the latest stage of development. Within a woman’s ovary there are four distinct kinds of follicles that exist at different stages of growth. Primordial follicles characterize the earliest stage, followed by primary, secondary, and finally tertiary or antral follicles.
Antral follicles are larger than the follicles in earlier stages of development, so they can often be identified and counted via transvaginal ultrasound. Fertility specialists and other healthcare providers use the antral follicle count as an indictor of one’s ovarian reserve.
As you can see, there’s more than one way to assess your ovarian reserve. If you aren’t sure which approach may be right for you, it’s a good idea to consult with your healthcare provider to help inform your choice.