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Low ovarian reserve

Low Ovarian Reserve has become an all too familiar term in the populace. But what does it really mean and how does it impact your chances of becoming pregnant?

To give you some background, your ovaries contain a certain number of eggs at any given time, which is called your ovarian reserve. Low ovarian reserve is a condition where there is a physiological decrease in the number of eggs, which results in an insufficient number to ensure a reasonable chance of pregnancy.

“Your ovarian reserve usually depletes as you grow older”, says Dr. Samundi Sankari, our head specialist. “This is why specialists, the world over, strongly advise against postponing having a baby.”

Other causes for low ovarian reserve are genetic anomalies, high BMI, immunological factors, prior chemotherapy, endometriosis and hormonal imbalances.

How do you know if your ovarian reserve is diminished?

There are several baseline tests used to determine if a woman is a ‘poor responder’:

  • Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH)
  • Estradiol (E2)
  • Inhibin B
  • Anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH)
  • Antral follicle count (AFC)

These tests reveal how well you would respond to follicular stimulation, based on which our specialists can customise your treatment protocols. The base principle is to harvest as many eggs as possible.

If the tests reveal that you have extremely low reserves and would likely respond poorly to follicular stimulation, our specialists would invite you to consider alternate options such as egg donation. Srushti has an excellent donor programme, with well screened donors and zero waiting time. After all, our goal is the same as yours – to help you have a healthy, happy baby.