Popular Female Fertility Tests ‘Don’t Work’
They were poorly conceived. A new study indicates that fertility assessments to determine a woman’s “ovarian reserve” — popular among aging women looking to make informed decisions about trying to get pregnant — don’t actually predict the likelihood of conceiving. Researchers say that while the tests accurately measure the number of eggs remaining, they found no correlation between egg stores and conception. Fertility clinics may need to rethink how they market the expensive tests to potential parents, given that the only measure that actually predicts fertility appears to be age.