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The age at which a woman’s egg reserve starts to seriously decline is 35.

A woman is born with about two million egg follicles. By puberty, there are about 750,000 and by the age of 35, a woman will have lost 90 per cent of her egg store. When a woman reaches 45, they will go down to as few as 10,000 and menopause signals that there are no eggs left.

Getting pregnant over the age of 35 also increases the risk of complications during pregnancy, as well as Down’s syndrome and miscarriage. These risks increase with each passing year.

So should women consider a fertility test? Yes. Some women may be thinking of trying to get pregnant in six months or a year’s time but finding out whether or not her ovarian reserve (egg store) is low can help that woman make a decision sooner rather than later.

The NHS conducts fertility tests only if a woman has been unable to get pregnant for a year. 

If I do test, what if the outcome of a test isn’t good? 

Even if the ovarian  reserve is low, the right fertility experts can change the quality of the remaining eggs.
They cannot change  the quantity but they can make the most of what you have left with nutritional changes.

A woman can slow down the loss of her eggs by eating well and adding key nutrients such as antioxidants to her diet. You do still have the  potential to conceive as long as you are ovulating every month.

The babystart® FertilCheck™ Female Fertility screening test for women measures the sex hormone that is an indicator of their biological fertility clock. A woman's fertility starts to decline after she gets to 30 and the decline gradually accelerates until she gets to menopause. This reduction in fertility is reflected in a similar gradual increase in the the hormone FSH (follicle stimulating hormone). Rising levels of FSH tend to be associated with reduced fertility. The FSH hormone can also be raised in women with irregular periods and without doubt will steadily rise as a woman gets older. As menopause approaches the levels get particularly high and act as an early warning system for peri-menopause.  

The babystart® FertilCheck™ Female Fertility home diagnostic screening test is a rapid test of FSH concentration in urine. The kit contains two ECOstrip™Female Fertility tests and if both test results are positive it is an indicator of reduced fertility. 

The test is greater than 99% accurate.

With this test a negative result is going to be good news although its not proof of fertility. A positive test result suggests that fertility is reduced and we recommend that a woman see her doctor to discuss the results and perhaps have more tests done.

The babystart® FertilCheck™ Female Fertility test will allow you to test your fertility potential, privately and discreetly in your own home.
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