Ovarian Reserve Testing

This approach often begins with hormone testing early in a woman's menstrual cycle. Testing may be done to determine the potential effectiveness of the eggs after ovulation.

Inhibin B serum concentration provides a new measure of ovarian reserve. Ovarian reserve describes the ovaries' capacity to respond to gonadotropin (FSH & LH) stimulation by producing a sufficient number of good quality eggs capable of generating normal embryos.

Inhibin B concentrations drawn on cycle days 3 to 5 have been shown to predict response of the ovaries to ovulation induction medications. In addition, these levels have been used to predict the chance of miscarriage after becoming pregnant. These levels are recommended in any woman where ovarian reserve may be suspected to be low, i.e. age > 35, previous ovarian surgery, when premature ovarian failure is considered, etc.

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