Ovarian reserve: what we need to know about our eggs to become lesbian mothers
The ovarian reserve is considered as the number of eggs that a woman has at any given time, which in turn determines her level of fertility.
If your ovarian reserve is high you are much more likely to become pregnant through gestational methods.
Do you have any questions? We will answer them here.
Let’s start at the beginning
Each woman is born with a specific number of oocytes, close to one million, which is approximately halved at puberty.
In each menstrual cycle, only 400 to 500 oocytes reach ovulation and the rest are lost along the way.
The period of time in which a woman is most fertile (when there are good quality and quantity of oocytes) is between the ages of 16 and 30. From a physiological point of view, this is the ideal time to become a mum.
From 35 onwards pregnancy becomes more complicated as your ovarian reserve decreases eventually exhausting itself around 40 in menopause.
Some factors that can affect ovarian reserve are cancer treatments, obesity, environmental pollution, exposure to pesticides and toxins, stress and an unhealthy lifestyle.
What should we do to improve our ovarian reserve?
Even though our ovarian reserve deteriorates with age, specialists advise us that before becoming pregnant we:
- lead a healthy life,
- play sports
- maintain a balanced nutrition.
We have to prepare ourselves, not only with fertilization methods, but also with good habits in order to become lesbian mothers.
Everything we do affects our bodies and we want our eggs to be in good shape to start an assisted reproduction method with our partner.
In order to increase your chances of becoming pregnant, it’s recommended that the one with the best ovarian reserve be the one who provides the egg in the ROPA method.
How do we measure ovarian reserve?
In order to measure the ovarian reserve women must undergo a hormonal profile:
*FSH: follicle stimulating hormone
A sex hormone that regulates the menstrual cycle, it’s released by the pituitary gland to stimulate ovarian development.
*AMH: anti-mullerian hormone
The ovary releases it where the egg develops.
As the follicles develop, the release of estradiol increases, so by measuring this hormone we can assess the ovarian reserve.
*AFC: Antral follicles count
This test involves a transvaginal ultrasound where the accumulation of liquid in the inner cavity is measured. This gives us an approximate idea of a woman’s ovarian reserve.
Why is it important to measure the ovarian reserve?
Knowing the evolution of the ovarian reserve is fundamental in determining a woman’s reproductive potential.
This lets us know in what way you will respond to ovarian stimulation treatments.
And if your eggs are great, why not help other moms-to-be? Have you heard of egg donation?
Don’t waste any more time. Shall we begin?