Ovarian Reserve Test
Who should take this test?
This test may be helpful for any woman who is interested in knowing how much ovarian reserve, essentially how many eggs, she has. The EverlyWell Ovarian Reserve Test measures follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) levels on Day #3 of a menstrual cycle and can give a woman insight into how healthy and plentiful her remaining eggs are. This knowledge can help guide conception desires and/or planning.
Women in the US are delaying childbirth into their thirties or forties. Approximately one in three women aged 35 or older have fertility issues because of decreasing egg numbers and quality and other health condition risk factors.
FSH is released by the pituitary gland in the brain and signals the ovaries to prepare for follicle maturation and egg release. FSH levels cycle monthly, with peak levels attained at Day 3 of the menstrual cycle, hence collection on Day 3 for testing. As women age, FSH levels actually increase, as the stimulation required for egg maturation increases as egg number and viability decrease. Lower levels of FSH on Day 3 indicate better egg reserve.
We do not recommend collecting the sample if you currently take hormones of any kind, including oral contraceptives. We do not recommend altering your hormone therapy without consulting your physician first. If discontinuing hormone therapy, we advise waiting for 6 weeks until collecting the sample.
How It Works
What will my results tell me?
While this test alone does not diagnose fertile or infertile states of health, your ovarian reserve level indicates if your eggs should be adequate to achieve a spontaneous pregnancy or if you may experience some delays in achieving pregnancy.
What guidance will I get along with my results?
The results show how well your ability to achieve a spontaneous pregnancy may be. However, this test does not provide information for all possible reasons for the inability to become pregnant.