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Now flocks of women are heading to their local fertility clinic to have a test done that can count their eggs. While five years ago, the average age of the woman getting this test done was 38, it's now 33. There's such a demand for this test that Dr. Amin Gorgy, a fertility consultant at the Fertility & Gynaecology Academy in the U.K., claims to have seen a 200 percent increase in women visiting his clinic.
So, what exactly does this test do? Not only does it count the number of eggs a woman has, but (depending on how many she has left in her ovarian reserve and the quality of those eggs) her potential fertility can also be determined. The higher the number of eggs, the greater the chances that she'll be able to get pregnant naturally.
This relatively new procedure has blown up in the past five years as more and more women are trying to (or are being told to) be proactive about their fertility. Dr. Gorgy tells the Daily Mail, "Women and girls are becoming more conscious of the risks, and they are more aware of the risks of declining fertility," and that thanks to increasing media coverage, it's becoming "obvious" to women that they can't just "wait until they're 40."
He emphasizes that there are benefits of this test for even younger women as it could flag potentially hindering conditions like PCOS or blocked fallopian tubes that she may encounter later in life when she tries to conceive. He believes that it's "better to know and have choices than not know later and have the choices taken away."
As more and more women choose to focus on their careers and delay having kids until later in life, knowing how many eggs she has left could be an impetus to take other action to preserve future fertility like freezing her eggs.
But it's important to note that fertility organizations like the British Fertility Society warn that tests like these should be seen merely as a guide to a woman's fertility and not a conclusive roadmap to a baby—which no test can determine.