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New Test Can Predict Risks of Developing Premature Ovarian Aging Early in Women

by Reshma Anand on November 23, 2015 at 2:05 PM
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New Test Can Predict Risks of Developing Premature Ovarian Aging Early in Women

Worried about infertility? A new test that will predict about the risks of running out of eggs will take your fears away.

Most women are worried about losing their fertility early and think that they cannot get pregnant after a certain age. About 1 in 10 women suffer with a condition called premature ovarian ageing (POA), where the number of eggs gets depleted over a period of time.

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Researchers from the Center for Human Reproduction in New York have developed a test called "what's my fertility" will help women to know how fertile they are and about the chances of becoming a mother.

"After treating infertility in women for decades and hearing them tell us time and time again that they wished they had known of the risk of POA so that they could have planned for a family sooner, we were determined to find a better way to proactively identify POA in young women," said Dr Norbert Gleicher, Medical Director and Chief Scientist of Center for Human Reproduction.
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The test is a type of a online questionnaire about family history and comprises of three blood tests. The first two blood tests will predict the levels of follicle stimulating hormones and anti-Müllerian hormone. High levels of follicle stimulating hormones and low levels of anti-Müllerian hormone indicates the presence of fewer eggs. The third test checks for the FMR1 gene mutation.

"This is the first risk screening program for POA that detects future risk of developing POA. Rather than diagnosing women when they already suffer from this condition, What's My Fertility identifies women who are at risk, so they can prevent this condition from affecting their family plans," said Gleicher.

Women in the ages of 18-35 can take the test and those who are at higher risk for developing POA can try for a baby earlier or freeze their eggs to be used with IVF at a later stage.

"Screening will empower women with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions earlier in life and will help them avoid the emotional and hefty costs of later infertility treatments," he added.

Source: Medindia
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