Michelle Emblenton, biochemist at inviTRA, tells us whether antral follicle count is a good predictor of ovarian reserve:
Yes, the antral follicle count is a good predictor of your ovarian reserve. However, the number of antral follicles observed can vary from cycle to cycle and, as your specialist is counting these from a transvaginal ultrasound, it is also observer dependent. In reality, the antral follicle count is used in conjunction with a hormonal analysis such as anti-mullerian hormone (or AMH) and we look at these factors together to give an overall idea of what the ovarian reserve is.
Read the full article on: What is an antral follicle count (AFC) and why is it performed? ( 57).
Michelle Lorraine Embleton
PhD in Biochemistry, University of Bristol, UK, specialising in DNA : protein intereactions. BSc honours degree in Molecular Biology, Univerisity of Bristol. Translation and editing of scientific and medical literature.