Egg Timer help Couples plan for pregnancy

‘Egg timer’ test to help couples plan pregnancy … 825816.htm

IVF Australia says a new test that can detect the possibility of early menopause will allow women to better plan when they want to have children.

The test - nicknamed the “egg timer” - detects approximately how many eggs are left in a woman’s ovaries, letting them know how fertile they are.

Medical Director of IVF Australia, Associate Professor Peter Illingworth, says the test will allow women to plan when it is appropriate to move into complex fertility treatment.

“The test is particularly helpful for women who’ve had cancer treatments or women who’ve had surgery on their ovaries, as this allows women to assess the effects of that treatment on their future fertility,” he said.

Professor Illingworth says it could offer reassurance to women who can continue trying to have children naturally.

“What the test will do is identify those younger women who may well be at serious risk of not having children easily when they’re older,” he said.

“It will identify women who are at risk of having a premature menopause for example and allow women to plan how active they should be about fertility treatment.”

Infertility information support and advocacy group ACCESS has welcomed the new test.

Spokeswoman Marie Pickins says many couples have no medical explanation for their infertility, and says any research that advances that understanding is welcome.

“This particular test certainly adds to the range of diagnostic tools available to help people understand their infertility,” she said.

"And what we would encourage is continued research in the area of infertility so that many more couples have the opportunity of having a family of their own.

"As a woman who in her thirties was seeking treatment for infertility, I certainly would’ve welcomed a test like this to better understand my menopausal future.

“However it’s not the only test that we would rely upon and we certainly wouldn’t recommend that people wait based on the results of such a test to start a family.”