What You Really Need to Know About Your Ovarian Reserve
If you have been struggling to get pregnant for some time now, you are probably familiar with the term ovarian reserve. The concept of ovarian reserve can be quite complicated, but it generally refers to the number of eggs remaining in a woman’s ovaries. Diminished ovarian reserve is characterized as a low number of eggs remaining in the ovaries and is quite common in women struggling to conceive.
Ovarian reserve is evaluated with several different fertility tests, the most important of which are:
This is a test used to determine how well follicles are responding to Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) as it’s excreted. If the follicles are not maturing as well as expected leading up to ovulation, FSH levels are often elevated. FSH is measured via a blood test and is always performed on day three of the menstrual cycle. High levels of FSH on cycle day three may be an indication of diminished ovarian reserve. However, it’s important to remember that FSH is only one piece of the puzzle.
Anti-Müllerian Hormone (AMH) is secreted by each follicle in the ovaries. Greater numbers of follicles in the ovaries will result in higher AMH levels. Conversely, low AMH levels can be an indication of diminished ovarian reserve. This is a blood test and can be performed anytime during your menstrual cycle.
These tests are an important part of evaluating fertility because they help us figure out where to focus on treatment. If you’ve been diagnosed with Diminished Ovarian Reserve or you’ve had high FSH results or low AMH results, I’ll focus treatment on:
- Flooding the system with nutrient-dense foods/superfoods
- Introducing potent nutraceuticals to support egg quality
- Reducing exposure to chemicals and toxic substances
- Increasing follicle sensitivity to important reproductive hormones (LH &FSH)
- Healing underlying health conditions that may be compromising egg health
- Stabilizing & regulating reproductive hormones
- Increasing blood flow to the ovaries & uterus
- Improving ovarian response
- Improving oocyte maturation
The health of sperm and eggs is not only impacted by age, but also by nutritional deficiencies, hormone imbalances, and exposure to toxins. While we can’t change our age (the most significant factor), we can restore health by flooding the body with high-quality nutrients, treating hormone imbalances, cleansing the body, and reducing our exposure to toxins. After all, a healthy body makes for healthy eggs.
The jury is still out on whether or not we can increase ovarian reserve, but there is growing evidence that we can not only enhance egg quality but improve egg response to stimulating hormones such as FSH. So let’s get started!