Fertility MOT tests 'a waste of money'

From BBC - October 10, 2017

Fertility tests marketed at women worried they have left it too late to have a baby, can be a "waste of money".

Ovarian reserve tests, which can cost 100 or more, measure hormones in blood to give an idea of how many eggs a woman has.

Latest research in the Journal of the American Medical Association found the tests did not predict a woman's chance of conceiving, however.

Women must be told this, experts say.

The tests were originally developed by IVF clinics to predict how a woman having fertility treatment might respond to the drugs used to stimulate the ovaries to produce eggs.

But some companies have been marketing them to women as a fertility MOT.

Poor predictor

The JAMA study included 750 women aged 30 to 44 years who had no history of infertility and had been trying to conceive for three months or less.

The results showed that low AMH or high FSH - the hormones that ovarian reserve tests measure - had no bearing on the chance of a woman becoming pregnant within any given month, and did not lead to a lower chance of conceiving after six or 12 months.


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