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Is AFC a good marker of ovarian reserve?

By Xinxin Lin MD (gynecologist).
Last Update: 03/22/2022

Antral follicle count is a good marker of ovarian reserve. The number of antral follicles can vary each cycle and its count is very observer-dependent. For this reason, it should be assessed together with the measurement of anti-Müllerian hormone, which is a parameter with less variability.

Ovarian reserve, together with age, are the parameters that best predict the outcome of in vitro fertilization. When the ultrasound shows a normal to high number of antral follicles (more than 8), it can be expected that a good number of eggs will be obtained during ovarian stimulation and that the possibility of pregnancy will be greater. On the contrary, if only a few follicles are observed, the response will be lower and the possibility of pregnancy lower.

 Xinxin Lin
Xinxin Lin
MD
Gynecologist
Dr. Xinxin Lin has a degree in Medicine from the University of Barcelona and is a specialist in gynecology and assisted reproduction.
Colleague number: 48324
Gynecologist. Dr. Xinxin Lin has a degree in Medicine from the University of Barcelona and is a specialist in gynecology and assisted reproduction. Colleague number: 48324.