Diminished Ovarian Reserve

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Diminished Ovarian Reserve

The ovarian reserve is the term used to refer to the capacity of the ovaries to produce eggs that can be fertilized, resulting in a successful pregnancy. After the age of 35, the ability of the body to produce these healthy eggs reduces, or diminishes. Even with the ovarian reserve diminishing, the body will still be producing eggs till the time of Menopause, however, they will just not be as healthy as they used to be in the younger days.

It is a fact that the eggs produced in a woman’s 20s have a higher chance of converting into a successful pregnancy than the ones produced in her 30s. This is why a number of women who do not wish to get pregnant in their 20s preserve their eggs through cryopreservation so they can be used up later in life when they decide to become a mother.

In a number of caes, the ovaries cease the production of eggs and estrogen by the age of 40, which is called a premature ovarian failure.

What causes Diminished Ovarian Reserve?

  • Genetic Causes or Autoimmune Diseases
    For some women, the ovarian reserve begins to diminish naturally at a younger age. For others, sometimes the antibodies begin to attack the ovarian tissue, harming the follicles and damaging the egg.
  • Toxins
    Chemotherapy or radiation therapy, most commonly used for cancer, may effect the tissues negatively.
  • Lifestyle
    Unhealthy habits like smoking, drinking alcohol, doing illicit drugs may cause the ovarian reserve to diminish.

What Are The Symptoms of Diminished Ovarian Reserve?

  • Hot flashes
  • Irregular or skipped periods
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Concentration or focus problems
  • Mood swings and irritability
  • Decreased sexual drive


Q. Can you get pregnant with diminished ovarian reserve?

Yes. There are several ways that a women can get pregnant even with a diminished ovarian reserve which includes both natural, as well as, assisted reproductive techniques.

Q. Is IVF possible with low AMH?

Yes, you can. However, there are several other factors that need to be considered before you try it. For more information, get in touch with one of our experts at SOI. Book your appointment today.