Whether you’re currently trying for a baby or just wanting to keep your options open for the future, having some idea of how fertile you are can be useful.
A fertility MOT offers women the chance to find out how likely they are to conceive easily. It’s not an exact science. A positive result doesn’t mean you’ll get pregnant on first try, just as a negative one needn’t send you directly down the route of IVF, but it can be useful to have a rough idea of your fertility level, so you can plan accordingly.
What’s involved in a fertility MOT?
- Egg count
After a consultation with one of our fertility specialists, the first step is to undergo a test to find out the size of your ovarian reserve. This is a simple blood test, which checks the level of Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) in your blood. Your AMH level will give us an idea of your remaining egg count.
This test is often used in IVF, to help us work out how your body will respond to ovarian stimulation. Low AMH doesn’t automatically mean you won’t be able to conceive, but it may be advisable to start trying soon, or you may wish to consider freezing some of the eggs you have left.
- Pelvic ultrasound
An ultrasound of your pelvic and ovarian region lets us take a look at your womb and ovaries, so we can see if they are healthy and functioning normally. We can also do a further check on your ovarian reserve at this point, by measuring the number of antrical follicles in the ovaries.
The scan is totally painless and gives us a good indication of your fertility level.
- General healthcheck
This may be done as part of the initial consultation, or it could be part of a follow-up session. It is very easy to forget how great a role physical health plays in fertility.
At this point, we will check your height, weight and BMI, as a BMI which is much higher or lower than the ‘healthy’ range of 18.5-24.9 can impact on your ability to conceive.
We’ll also look at other lifestyle factors, such as alcohol consumption, smoking, diet, exercise and stress levels.
Why have a fertility MOT?
A fertility MOT isn’t for everyone, but many women find it reassuring to have an idea of their ovarian reserve and be able to plan their lives accordingly.
In the past, we would marry and start families in our late teens or early twenties, when our fertility is at its highest. These days many women choose to wait until their career is well established, or just don’t meet the person they want to have children with until later in life.
Whatever your reason for wanting it, a fertility MOT can help you to plan for the future. For more information, or to book an appointment, please contact us.