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Low Antral Count

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, June 19, 2008 | 0 comments

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low antral count does not equal fertility problemsPosted by jbeskimo on the TTC in our Forties forum on :

I don't know if this helps but I found this quote on an egg donor site:

For example, we see some women in their early 20's that want to be egg donors at our center that when we do ultrasound on them we see only 3 antral follicles per ovary - and the volume of the ovary is low. Although we no longer accept these women into our egg donor program, I am not convinced that they have an egg quality or quantity problem (my best guess is that they have reduced quantity, but quality is probably fine). Often the young woman is concerned about her future fertility when we tell them that their ovaries are small and do not look like they will make sufficient eggs to be a good donor candidate.

However, I am not aware of any data (medical research, etc.) that shows that women in that particular scenario are going to have a fertility problem. They might - but we just don't know. Some of those women already have 3 kids and are more fertile than they would prefer - so we really can't say that all women with low antral follicle counts have a fertility problem (reduced egg quality or quantity).

Just remember that the field of fertility is still very nebulous.


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