Assessing Reproductive Health
In the quest of your family planning goals, having an initial overview of your reproductive health helps you to reduce your stress, save time and financial resources. The earlier you determine your options, you can take timely measures and avoid long-term complications as well.
Fertility screening is particularly beneficial to women under the age of 38 years who are considering delaying pregnancy, and those with a family history of ovarian failure, autoimmune disease, chemotherapy or previous surgery to the ovaries. However, it will be equally helpful to all women -- married or unmarried, those planning to have a family or not – to give them an idea of their child-bearing abilities. Depending on the results, one can choose to have egg-freezing as adoption, or can start a family earlier than planned.
According to Dr. Shazia Magray, Specialist OBGYN at Bourn Hall Fertility Centre: “As a precaution, it is important that women take stock of their fertility health, so that they can make informed decisions on when to start a family and related treatment can be sought earlier than later. With increasing age, achieving a viable and healthy pregnancy does become a big challenge and can lead to chromosomal abnormalities leading to birth of children with genetic diseases. It appears that the best eggs are ovulated first and the low quality, genetically imbalanced ones are released in later years so there is always merit in starting family early on”.
A healthy, fertile 30-year-old woman has about a 20% chance of getting pregnant each month. By the time she reaches the age of 40, her chances are less than 5% per month and this is usually due to the decrease in the number and quality of eggs.
“The egg quantity and quality decline with age - beginning in the early 30s and faster in the late 30s and early 40s. As women age, so do her eggs and the internal structures of the egg become more debilitated and is less likely to thrive. Therefore, women with low ovarian reserve have diminished fertility and an increased risk of miscarriage,” Dr. Magray added.
Bourn Hall Fertility Centre a DXH group member is an active campaigner, imparting education on fertility issues in both men and women. the Centre conducts regular seminars and talks, encouraging people to assess their fertility health and take timely measures to avoid complications later. They recently organized the occasion of International Women’s Day, at the Centre in Dubai free fertility health check for women throughout March.