Ovary removal, or oophorectomy, may be performed for a number of reasons to address medical issues. When only one ovary is removed, a woman is still able to become pregnant as her remaining ovary will continue to produce eggs and ovulate. If fertility issues exist, a woman with one ovary can receive treatment just like any other woman. Understanding the process of ovary removal and its impact on your fertility may make undergoing this procedure less stressful.
As many as 10 percent of couples are affected by fertility issues, described as the inability to become pregnant on their own after trying for one year. These issues are equally likely to be caused by the male partner, female partner or combination of the two. For infertility issues that are related to the female, use of DHEA has been shown to improve pregnancy rates.
Fertility preservation has been in the news recently as more and more companies offer it as a benefit to female employees. Often thought of as a means to protect younger women’s fertility, egg and embryo freezing also allows older women to beat their biological clocks.
For women over 40 who want to start a family, fertility treatments are often the only option. Biologically, a woman’s fertility begins to rapidly decline after age 35. While men produce sperm continually throughout adulthood, women are born with all of the eggs they will ever have. As a woman ages, the quality of those eggs begins to decline along with changes in her hormone levels. This decline results in difficulty becoming pregnant and an increase in miscarriages due to low embryo quality. The introduction of DHEA as a supplement has changed the outlook for women who are looking to get pregnant over 40.
Hi everyone. Fertility preservation has been in the news recently as more and more companies are extending fertility preservation as a covered health benefit. For women, fertility preservation may be done in two primary ways; oocyte freezing and embryo freezing. Where a woman is in life and what she wants out of the fertility preservation process will help determine which preservation method is best for her needs.
It is common for women with fertility issues to have questions about their chances for getting pregnant. The likelihood varies from person to person and is directly related to each woman’s diagnosis. Traditionally, women with a diminished ovarian reserve or who are diagnosed as poor responders are among those with the lowest pregnancy success rates. This is partially because of a decreased egg quality which both inhibits pregnancy and increases the likelihood of miscarriage. However, the hormone DHEA is changing these odds.
Women are increasingly turning to egg freezing to preserve their fertility. Although women are biologically most fertile before age 35, this timeline is not always ideal. Egg freezing harvests younger, healthier eggs and stores them until a woman is ready to start a family. Although there is a cost for this service, the benefits can far outweigh the costs. Additionally, in some instances egg freezing is covered by insurance.
As women’s roles change in society, their view of family is evolving. Women still want to become mothers and to start a family, but later in life. However, biologically, women are best equipped to start a family before age 35. Egg freezing and fertility preservation provides the peace of mind that when a woman is ready to start a family, she will have healthy eggs available.
Today, Dr. Zhang would like to comment on egg quality and a woman’s age.
It is commonly understood that there is a direct relationship between the age of a woman and the quality of her eggs. In general, after a certain time, the increased age of a woman will increase the chance of a poor quality egg. This is important because poor quality eggs are more likely to contribute to a poor quality embryo than their counterparts, the sperm.
A common cause of infertility in women is having a diminished ovarian reserve. A diminished ovarian reserve means that a woman is less likely to produce a high quality egg that is suited for pregnancy. These women have a more difficult time becoming pregnant and are more likely to suffer a miscarriage due to the low quality of their eggs. Using DHEA as a part of fertility care has been clinically proven to increase the chance of pregnancy and live birth.