To Test or Not to Test?


It’s late and my day job’s got me pretty busy, so I’ll keep this short and sweet, but I thought this was worth taking a few minutes to post. It’s an interesting piece I heard on NPR this morning.

The bit that got my attention is the question of  whether or not women should systematically and proactively get the blood test that gauges for ovarian reserve. Some doctors are appallingly against it, because they “worry that many women will be misled by their test results.” I’m sure you can guess my point of view on that.

While the tests are not 100% reliable, I think it’s safe to say that with the right doctor and the right questions/answers, women can decipher for themselves how much merit to place on any given test. Though it’s not perfect, it’s at least a hint as to what our fertility might look like in the future. And a hint is a hell of a lot better than no information at all. It’s a blood test and some ultra-sounds. What’s the big deal? And why do some doctors insist we continue to stick our heads in the sand?

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