Female age is a very important consideration on fertility when a woman wants to get pregnant. A woman’s fixed ovarian reserve is not replenished by the natural growth of new eggs as she ages.
Female Fertility and Egg Reserve
Every woman is born with a determinate number of eggs in her ovaries – this is her egg reserve. As a woman ages into her mid- to late 30s, the genetic quality of her eggs declines precipitously. This is because a woman’s age is a strong determinate of egg quality. A woman’s egg supply is not replenished by the spontaneous growth of new follicles during her reproductive lifetime.
- A 45-year old woman can have good egg quality – although this is rare
- A 25-year old woman can have very poor egg quality and be infertile as a result
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- Average for her age
- Better than average
- Worse than average
Ovarian Reserve Testing
A woman’s ovarian reserve determines the capacity of her ovary to provide egg cells that are capable of fertilization resulting in a healthy and successful pregnancy. A woman’s supply of quality eggs will be used up somewhere between 25 and 55 years of age.
These techniques test the supply (reserve or quantity) of eggs remaining a woman’s ovaries.
- Antral Follicle Count Test
- Day 3 FSH and E2 Test
- Clomiphene Challenge Test
- AMH Test
Effect of Aging on Female Fertility
As a woman ages, her ovaries are unable to produce the hormones that stimulate egg follicles to develop and make them reach a viable stage of development. There is a profound effect of age on the genetic quality of a woman’s egg supply. Poor genetic quality of eggs results in infertility, even when there are many eggs remaining in a woman’s ovarian reserve.
Results of Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy
Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy is an innovative Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) procedure used to wake up and coax a woman’s nonfunctioning ovaries into producing viable eggs. Dr. Hugh Melnick has helped two women conceive naturally and achieve a live birth through Ovarian Rejuvenation. A third woman who conceived naturally unfortunately suffered a miscarriage early on in her pregnancy.
The therapeutic effect of Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy may take 3 to 6 months to be observed by the Doctor. Tissue transformation is not immediately obvious. Beneficial results will be noticed between 2 to 4 weeks.
Patients are monitored monthly for six months through blood tests to determine if the therapy was successful.
- Therapeutic effects last 5 to 7 months
- Periods will return to normal in 50 percent of cases
- Symptoms of menopause will lessen
- Increase in sexual drive
- Improved quality of eggs
A total of 42 women having undergone Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy were contacted for a follow-up interview by the Doctor.
- 21 women (50%) had resumed menstruation
- 9 women (21.4%) reported cyclic symptoms of menstruation without bleeding
- Decrease in hot flashes
- Increased vaginal lubrication
- Increase in sexual drive
- 8 women (19%) reported no menstruation and no improvement in menopausal symptoms
- 3 women conceived naturally (7% live birth rate)
- 1 woman suffered a miscarriage
Renowned Fertility Doctor
Dr. Hugh Melnick – founder of Advanced Fertility Services in NYC .
- Pioneering doctor of preserving a woman’s future fertility through the world class Oocyte Preservation Program
- Renowned publisher of numerous scientific research articles in prominent medical journals and medical textbook contributions
- Acclaimed author of The Pregnancy Prescription – a prestigious book written for those coping with the challenges of infertility, including information on how best to overcome infertility
Read the Doctor’s contribution to the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology about subclinical hypothyroidism and its effect on a woman’s fertility.
Are You a Candidate?
Prospective candidates for Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy are:
- Women who want to conceive with their own eggs in lieu of egg donation
- Women who want to restore their hormonal balance and sexual drive naturally
- Women having a low egg reserve as reflected by a low Anti Mullerian Hormone (AMH) level
- Women who have failed multiple IVF treatments due to poor quality embryos
- Women diagnosed with unexplained infertility
- Women diagnosed with Premature Ovarian Failure (POF)
- Women diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and suffering from infertility due to a low egg reserve
Your initial consultation to find out if you are a candidate for Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy can be conducted with the Doctor via telephone, Skype or FaceTime.
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Female Fertility Specialist
It is important to work with a fertility specialist who has the clinical experience to design an infertility treatment plan meeting your personal needs.
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