You’re hearing that tick, tick, tock of your biological clock. So you decide to try one of those fertility tests. You know, the one that tells you how many eggs you have left and just how fertile you still are. But wait. New research may have found that these tests really don’t tell you as much as you think. Check out what researchers at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill found.
You’ve probably heard that you’re born with all the eggs you’ll ever have. With that in mind, it seems reasonable that by the time a few decades have passed (and you’re in your late 30s or early 40s), you have less quality eggs to get preggo with.
When study researchers measured four hormones that play parts in conception, they thought they had found a pretty nice indicator of fertility. Even before the researchers finished their study, OTC fertility tests that measured these hormones hit store shelves. Umm maybe a bit prematurely.
As it turns out, women with low levels and regular levels of antimullerian hormone (AMH), one of the “fertility” hormones, have pretty equal conception rates.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that a “diminished ovarian reserve” (the hormone levels were biomarkers that indicated egg reserve) wasn’t the end all and be all of fertility testing. In other words, those fertility tests may not mean as much as we all once thought.
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