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How does low ovarian reserve affect IVF success rates?

By Andrea Rodrigo.
Last Update: 04/17/2018

We know as ovarian reserve or egg count the amount of eggs a woman carries at a particular stage of her lifetime. It is an indicator of her fertility at that point.

Measuring a woman's ovarian reserve allows us to determine the ability for her ovaries to produce eggs with fertility potential, that is, able to result in viable embryos, able to attach to her endometrial lining.

Moreover, as the egg reserve diminishes, so does the quality. This translates into a higher number of complications to achieve pregnancy, as well as to an increased miscarriage rate.

For all these reasons, the supply of eggs of females is a key factor to getting pregnant naturally as well as by means of IVF. The success rates of IVF are lower in women with a decreased egg supply.

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 Andrea Rodrigo
Andrea Rodrigo
BSc, MSc
Embryologist
Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the University of Valencia along with the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI). Postgraduate course in Medical Genetics.
Embryologist. Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the University of Valencia along with the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI). Postgraduate course in Medical Genetics.
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