But how do you know if egg freezing is right for you?
There are several tests which can predict whether a woman has a faster biological clock, such as the anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) test. This simple blood test helps to estimate what is called “ovarian reserve” because its level can reflect the size of the remaining egg supply in the ovary at a particular time.
“The test can’t tell you exactly how many eggs you have left – or the quality of those eggs – but it can tell you if there is an inadequate supply,” he says.
According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, AMH testing is especially useful for women who have a higher risk of reduced ovarian reserve including:
- Women who are over age 35 years;
- Women with a family history of early menopause;
- Women with only one ovary;
- Women with a history of ovarian surgery, chemotherapy or pelvic radiation therapy;
- Women with unexplained infertility; and
- Women who have shown poor response to ovarian stimulation.
“With the test results in hand, we can discuss their reproductive options and develop a plan. If a woman is not in a situation to get pregnant quickly, she may choose to have her eggs frozen for the future.”
Dr. Duke advises women to seek the help of an infertility specialist if they have been trying to get pregnant for six months or more. They should also seek the care of a specialist if they have had more than one miscarriage or are considering their options for fertility preservation.
“Knowledge can be empowering,” Dr. Duke adds. “We can help you make an informed decision.”