What’s My Fertility? A New Screening Can Help

What’s My Fertility? A New Screening Can Help

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The most popular article I’ve ever written is called 30 And Not Pregnant: How my biological clock is freaking me out . My first article published on Huffington Post was about how badly I want to give my parents a grandchild . Needless to say, I’ve got babies on the brain (not at the forefront—I mean, I very much enjoy my travel and weekends drinking—but like, that annoying little voice back there all the time when I’m trying to make decisions). After my 30 and Not Pregnant article, I was contacted by What’s My Fertility to let me know about a new website to help women struggling with this question. To be completely honest, I ignored it at first out of fear. Who are these people? What if something is wrong with me—is that really something I want to know? Then logic got the best of me. It’s certainly better to understand your fertility sooner rather than later—What’s My Fertility screening is available from ages 18-35, but they recommend getting screened around 24. Plus I am definitely the kind of person who wants to have all the information I can. So, I contacted WMF to talk about the screening. What’s My Fertility screens for Premature Ovarian Aging (POA), which affects about 10% of women, by performing three blood tests: AMH (Anti-Müllerian hormone), serum FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone), and FMR1 (fragile X) (for info on these, check out What’s My Fertility FAQs ). There are multiple factors that appear to contribute to POA, including autoimmunity issues and genetics (including FMR1 gene). POA has no symptoms, and many women don’t find out about it until they are already having fertility difficulties. However, armed with knowledge, early interventions can help.

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