New fertility test for women23rd February 2010
Women who want to know how many eggs are in their bodies can use a new method designed by Australian researchers.
The test is simple, quick and cheap, and would be ideal for couples who are trying to conceive but do not know whether or not they should consider other options.
Experts say that the test, which measures specific hormone levels, may revolutionise family planning and fertility consultation.
The test is also aimed at women who have been treated for cancer, endometriosis, or who have had ovarian surgery.
Peter Illingworth, medical director of IVF Australia, said he believed his organisation's advance was a big step forward.
He said that the test would be useful to women who may end up facing decisions regarding their fertility later on in life, and that a 30-year-old woman will be able to tell whether or not she is at risk of having an early menopause.
While some couples end up going to a fertility clinic for periods of six months or more, the new test will eliminate the need for lengthy consultations where women's fertility is concerned.
The test will also eliminate the need for in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) for people who do not need it.
IVF is a technique for fertilising eggs with sperm outside the body, then implanting the fertilised egg into the woman's uterus.
"In vitro" is Latin for "in glass," and babies born by IVF are commonly known as test-tube babies.
The new test is based on a fertility hormone known as the anti-mullerian hormone (AMH), and will cost about £40.
Baby girls usually have between one and two million eggs in their ovaries at the time of birth.
By the time a woman reaches the age of 20, she usually has about 200,000 eggs in her ovaries.
By the age of 40, a woman may have as little as 2,000 eggs.
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Tuesday 23rd February 2010 @ 23:19
New test!!! We've been doing this one for ages. Here's an article from 2006 describing it... http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-400666/Blood-test-tell-Its-baby.html
Looks like the Aussies might need to do a bit more reading :)
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Title: New fertility test for women
Author: Luisetta Mudie
Article Id: 14164
Date Added: 23rd Feb 2010