Raising Concerns About a Widely Used Test to Measure Fertility by C. Caron
(Link): Raising Concerns About a Widely Used Test to Measure Fertility by C. Caron
Oct 16, 2017
[She was told her eggs were too old or not good enough, so she’d likely not be able to have a kid and the fertility treatment was very expensive and not covered by her insurance]
…Two years later, she remarried. Ms. Bourquin and her husband conceived naturally on the first try. Her doctor was “stunned,” Ms. Bourquin said.
…New research published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association underscores what Ms. Bourquin experienced, and what many fertility experts have already observed: AMH doesn’t dictate a woman’s reproductive potential.
And although AMH testing is one of the most common ways that doctors assess a woman’s fertility — it’s especially important for women struggling with infertility — an AMH value isn’t always telling.
Dr. Zev Rosenwaks, director of the Center for Reproductive Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian, called the study “elegant.”
“All it takes is one egg each cycle,” he said. “AMH is not a marker of whether you can or cannot become pregnant.”
Age is more than just a number
For women who haven’t yet tried to get pregnant and who are wondering whether they are fertile, an AMH value “isn’t going to be helpful in that context,” said Dr. Esther Eisenberg, the program director of the Reproductive Medicine and Infertility Program at the National Institutes of Health, which helped fund the study.
In addition, “AMH wouldn’t necessarily be a good marker to tell you when you ought to freeze your eggs.”
Doctors don’t yet have a way to definitively predict egg quality or a woman’s long-term ability to conceive, but age is one of the most important factors.
…“There’s no one age where a woman turns into a pumpkin,” Dr. Steiner said, but there are slight declines in fertility after the age of 35, followed by steeper drop-offs.
“The difference between 30 and 33 is negligible,” she said. “But the difference between 37 and 40 is going to be pretty drastic.”
(Link): Hypocrisy: Conservative Christians / Catholics Pressure Women To Feel Their Only Worth is in Becoming Mothers, But If Women Try to Use Medical Technology to Get Pregnant, the Women Are Condemned by The Same Groups