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Fertility Testing Before Egg Freezing

Find out if egg freezing is right for you, right now

Preserving your fertility with egg freezing is a proactive way to take control of not just your present, but your future. The goal of egg freezing is to catch your fertility at its peak, before egg quantity and quality show signs of decline later in life. Fertility testing is an important part of the egg freezing process, as it gives you and your fertility specialist valuable information about your current and future ovarian reserve, or egg supply.

Egg freezing: Can you afford to wait?

A woman’s reproductive prime is considered to be her 20s through early 30s, as fertility typically begins to decline in the mid-30s. However, not all women have a “typical” biological clock. While a woman in her 20s might assume that she has plenty of time to freeze her eggs or have a baby, fertility problems can go undetected until it’s too late.

Fertility testing before egg freezing can help you learn how much time you really have to preserve your fertility.

The goal of egg freezing is to preserve your eggs at the point in your life when quantity and quality are both at their highest. For most women, this 10- to 15-year window provides plenty of time to pursue fertility preservation. However, the only way to accurately determine your peak fertility window is fertility testing.

To get a clearer picture of your egg supply and ovarian function, the fertility specialists at our Louisiana fertility centers perform a combination of tests.

  • Antral follicle count: This simple test uses an ultrasound probe, inserted vaginally, to visually count the number of egg-containing follicles present on both ovaries early in your menstrual cycle. A higher antral follicle count indicates good ovarian reserve, while a low number might indicate that you need to act quickly to preserve your fertility.
  • AMH and FSH: Blood tests for anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) help assess ovarian function. The levels of these hormones are a good indicator of your remaining egg supply and can reveal whether certain fertility problems are present.
  • Basic health assessment: We will conduct a pelvic and breast exam and review your health history prior to scheduling egg freezing.

Don’t wait to get tested

If you want to protect your reproductive health, fertility testing before egg freezing helps you and your fertility specialist develop a timeline. Because even young women can have diminished ovarian reserve, it’s important to get tested early to be sure you freeze your eggs while your chances for success are at their highest.

If you’re considering egg freezing, contact our Louisiana fertility centers to start the process of fertility testing.