Sunday, February 21, 2010

Egg Timer Blood Test, a Boon to Women

It is now possible to predict with accuracy the ovum levels or the number of eggs a woman has based on the amount of a fertility hormone. This is measured using what's now called the Egg Timer blood test. It is seen as a big boon to women, and family planning in general. Conception specialist Peter Illingworth says it's a big step forward. Now, women will now be able to know if they are at a serious risk of not having children when older.

More formally called the anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) test, the Egg Timer blood test costs only $58 and one test can ultimately equate to a savings in the tens of thousands if it's determined that a fertility patient won't need in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments. Sometimes, the eggs in the ovaries (left) are so few (poor ovarian reserve) that some women are at a risk of early menopause. With the AMH "Egg Timer" blood test, this can be established early in life.

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