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It seems like Kim Kardashian's televised doctors visit to test her fertility was the moment when everyone realized, "Oh, if I'm a single woman or if I'm not even thinking about a family yet, I should still get my fertility tested." Is that really the case?
Yes, any woman can have her fertility status assessed at any time-in fact, the Kardashians came to our center. There are excellent new tests that allow you to check your ovarian reserve-meaning how many eggs you have left. It gives you a pretty accurate idea of where you stand compared to other women in your age group. We can also do ultrasounds that look at the ovaries in order to give us information about how useful the ovaries and uterus may be. We can do blood panels that check different hormones that tell us about your fertility. We have one really amazing new test called the AMH, or anti-mullerian hormone, a hormone that's released from the tiny eggs a woman still has in her body. As the level goes down, your egg reserve goes down. You can do it any day of the month, and it's very good for giving you an idea of your reserve.
Should every woman test her ovarian reserve at a certain age in order to know where she stands before making life decisions?
Absolutely, 100 percent. I think it's smartest to do it by age 30.
Depending on what you find, would you suggest then considering freezing your eggs? Is there a certain age at which all women should think about it?
With egg freezing, the younger, the better. So if someone who is 25, beginning law school, and wants to have that corporate job-[someone who] knows there are some things ahead of her that are going to prevent her from having a child for a while-that person would be smart, at age 25, to do it. But if you have not assessed anything by 30, that's when you really need to do it. If by the age of 35 you are not in a relationship and you know that you want to have children, it would be very, very wise to do it right away. Again, the earlier, the better.