Thursday, July 10, 2008
Medical Reports: Fertile Future
Many women pushed off parenthood for a number of reasons only to find out when they're ready, they can't have kids. Now, for the first time, a new test is offering women a chance to measure their egg supply and find out if they have a Fertile Future. Seven's Richard Lemus has more.
WSVN -- Thirty-one-year-old Janin Martinez is a proud mom of two beautiful children. She thought her family was complete until she ended up divorced.
Now she and her new husband want to have another baby.
Janin Martinez: "I want to know what are my chances of having good eggs two years from now."
Dr. Ellen Wood at the South Florida Institute for Reproductive Medicine says age plays a big role when it comes to conceiving.
Dr. Ellen Wood: "When we're, born we have about two million eggs, and, by the time we reach puberty we're down to about 50,000, and then the eggs decline from there."
But now there's a breakthrough blood test called PlanAheadTM.
It's taken on the third day of a woman's cycle and measures three hormone levels, then scores them in what's called the Ovarian Reserve Index.
Dr. Ellen Wood: "That will give you an idea of whether you're at high risk of poor egg quantity, at borderline risk or your egg quantity is the same of any other woman your age."
The test only measures egg quantity, not quality, so even if your reserve is high, there is no guarantee you will get pregnant, but it is the first test of its kind that gives women a clearer picture of their chances.
Dr. Ellen Wood: "We're looking to catch the patient earlier, so that they don't get here when it's too late."
For women like Janin, the PlanAheadTM test offers some peace of mind when it comes to planning her family.
Janin Martinez: "You don't have to rush into anything. You can have it planned, so, that way, you know you have a certain amount of time to make that decision in your life."
Now if you want to get the test, you will have to order it on-line and then take it to your doctor. It costs $350, and it is not covered by insurance.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
South Florida Institute for Reproductive Medicine
Tel: (866) 483-6366