In recent years, a trend towards various check-ups has appeared in medicine. It is not bad since it allows you to «keep your eyes on the ball» as far as certain socially relevant diseases are concerned and allows you to take timely measures in case of pathological findings. It is a pity that the determination of the ovarian reserve, a cheap and fast technique for the evaluation of the ovarian function, still cannot make it into this list of medical services.
It seemed interesting to us to at least try to tell you what it is and what it is all about. Then you can think whether you need it or whether it is not something quite to your taste right now.
Having been managing patients over many years, I still sometimes see surprise in my patients' faces when I tell them about the relationship between the ability to menstruate and the ability to give birth. Many think that as long as a woman menstruates, she is able to get pregnant. I.e. up to 50 years of age, the reproductive function should be guided by woman's every whim. Theoretically speaking, yes, yet the actual probability of impregnation starts to decrease significantly already after 38, and is as good as absent after 45. Surely, there are pregnancies at 48 and at 52, but these are singular cases that do not change the overall situation for the better.
Of course, every woman is herself to decide when and how many times she wants to get pregnant. Our goal is not to advocate childbirth at 20 but to give you information that will help you adapt your plans so that there was a better chance of their implementation.
So, here is what constitutes the notion of the ovarian reserve: