Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Ultrasound instead of ovarian reserve test

A study has shown that ultrasound-based tests could be used instead of hormone-based ovarian reserve tests to predict the number of eggs a woman's ovaries would produce when stimulated during IVF treatment. Janet Kwee et. al. from Vrije Universiteit Medical Centre in Amsterdam published the results of their study in Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology. They studied 110 women aged 18-39 who had difficulty conceiving, counting the number of antral follicles, small egg-bearing ovarian follicles about 2-10 mm in diameter, with transvaginal sonography (ultrasound). Their conclusion was that the follicle count is just as good a test for ovarian response as expensive and time consuming endocrine tests.

The article is available on the website of Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology at http://www.rbej.com/

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