New Fertility Test
Counts Number of Eggs in Ovaries - Plan Ahead Test Triple Hormone Test
Plan Ahead Tests
A new test is being made available to help determine how late in life a
woman can conceive. The test works by measuring the number of eggs in a
woman's ovaries. The British firm Lifestyle Choices has launched the
world’s first publicly available triple-hormone fertility ovarian
reserve test kit. The test is called Plan Ahead.
Many professional women worry that if they excel in their career now,
they will not be able to have children later on. Some women may give up
the career in order to start a family earlier. Wouldn’t be nice to know
if you can wait to have children?
Developed at the University Of Sheffield, England, the test works by
taking a blood sample during a women’s menstrual cycle. The test will
measure two ovarian hormones, Inhibin B and AMH, and a third pituitary
hormone FSH. According to the company the test is accurate for up to two
The Plan Ahead test will assess the number of eggs in the woman’s
ovaries and compare that to levels expected for women in the same age
group. The other fertility tests currently available use urine samples
to measure FSH levels only. This type of test gives a snapshot of a
woman’s current fertility and does not indicate whether it is declining
Women are born with about 2 million eggs, but 90% are lost by puberty.
By the age of 20 women will typically have 50,000 eggs left, but by 40
they may only have 10,000 eggs left.
The Plan Ahead test sells for about $320. Currently the test is
available through mail order only, but the company hopes to have it
available over-the-counter (OTC) soon. Right now the samples need to be
mailed to a laboratory in Oxford, England. If the test is made available
in the US, the company should set up a laboratory in the states to
process the samples.
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