Posted on November 1st, 2018by RMANYin Fertility Treatments

Inside the New Frontier of Fertility Testing

Fertility tests, once thought of as the domain of older women, have long been onerous and time-consuming; a woman had to go off the pill for at least two months, then slog into the clinic on a certain day of the month. Now, advances in technology have cracked open possibilities for young women torn between career, love, and their own biology. All of life is a gamble, writes Sarah Hepola, but in the game of reproduction, women can finally begin to understand the cards they're holding.

The ability to test a woman’s fertility so fast and so easily is an innovation in itself. For many years, fertility tests were onerous and time-consuming; a woman had to go off the pill for at least two months, then slog into the clinic on a certain day of the month. More recent tests bypass that red tape. Dr. Copperman uses the AMH test, a simple blood draw that checks the levels of anti-Müllerian hormone in the blood levels, a reflection of a woman’s ovarian reserves, and results come back in a matter of hours. The test isn’t perfect, he explains, but along with a two-minute pelvic ultrasound and a face-to-face consultation to discuss a patient’s goals and medical history, he can get a pretty decent snapshot of a woman’s reproductive health. That may not seem like a big deal, but it’s potentially a game changer. "If a woman knows her own fertility in her 20s and early 30s, she has a much better chance of deciding what to do about it."

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