Ovarian Reserve Testing

The List of Three Ovarian Reserve Tests To Determine Whether You Need Egg Donor

If you are over 40 and considering IVF treatments, there may be a chance our reproductive endocrinologists (RE) will recommend you use an egg donor with your IVF cycle. To determine whether you need a donor egg, our RE will order a few tests, to measure your so called ovarian reserve. Although these tests are not perfect, they will tell a great deal about whether you have eggs and shed some light on whether your eggs are in good condition and can be used with your IVF treatments.

The success of IVF patient's fertility treatments is greatly affected by woman's age. Fertility doctors agree that for women, fertility typically begins to decline at age 27, with the most pronounced decline happening after age 40. The live-birth rate for women over 40 is only between 23 percent and 42 percent. The older you are, the lower the chance of success, unless you are willing to consider donor eggs.

You can certainly do the tests with one of our fertility clinics. However, we recommend you make an appointment with your local OBGYN and let him or her order those tests for you, prior to traveling to our clinic. These tests are:

  1. Antral Follicle Count (ultrasound test on Cycle Day 3),
  2. Day 3 FSH test, and
  3. AMH level test.


The results from these tests will give our fertility specialists a pretty good idea what your ovarian reserve is. It is possible for women who are in their mid 40's to have great eggs, but it is a bit rare. We also deal with patients who are in their twenties and have bad eggs. In addition, if you can use your own eggs, the doctors may recommend a PGD test for you, if you are an advanced maternal age patient.

If you are wondering what to expect during an Egg Donor IVF Cycle, visit our webpage that talks about IVF protocol developed for an IVF patients over 40 years of age.


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