The ovarian reserve is the number of eggs available in each ovary for a woman's reproductive life. Women are born with around 1 million eggs and by the age of 35, the ovarian reserve begins to diminish and only 5% of their eggs are available, which may not be of the best quality to achieve a successful pregnancy.
Age is the most influential factor on ovarian reserve, however, some young women may also have low ovarian reserve as a result of:
• Genetic problems • Immunological problems • Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy • Smoking • Exposure to toxic agents
• Shorter menstrual cycles •Absence of cervical mode •Infertility
On the other hand, when the decrease in ovarian reserve is linked to premature ovarian failure, the symptoms are similar to those that occur during menopause:
•Irregular menstrual periods •Amenorrhoea or absence of menstruation •Hot flashes •Night sweats •Insomnia •Vaginal dryness •Decreased libido •Pain during sexual intercourse •Energy loss •Irritability and frequent mood swings •Difficulty concentrating •Thyroid problems
In order to provide a correct diagnosis, in addition to a physical examination and analysis of the patient's medical history, it is necessary to perform blood tests to measure follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and oestradiol levels on the third day of her menstrual cycle. High levels of these hormones may be indicative of low ovarian reserve.
Can I have a baby if I have low ovarian reserve?
If you are going through a diagnosis of low ovarian reserve and you want to have a baby, it is possible! There are different assisted reproduction alternatives such as In Vitro Fertilization, which offer 90% success rates so that you can achieve your dream of becoming a mother.
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