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If you are considering becoming pregnant, and particularly if you are struggling to conceive, ensuring a healthy lifestyle makes good sense. You might be surprised to learn how much your lifestyle can impact on your reproductive health, and the health of a developing foetus.

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Oocyte freezing

Egg freezing is a method of storing women’s unfertilised eggs in order to attempt conception at a later date. In order to achieve a pregnancy in the future the eggs are warmed and fertilised with sperm to create an embryo that is then transferred to the woman’s uterus. When egg freezing was first performed it was done with a technique called slow freezing. The first live birth from egg freezing was reported in 1986(1).The survival rate of frozen eggs from the slow freezing technology was low(54%) with live birth rates of 21% per embryo transfer.

About the AMH test

AMH (anti-Müllerian hormone) testing has become a useful part of the workup for women having fertility treatments including IUI and IVF. AMH is measured in a blood sample. It can be taken at any time of the menstrual cycle but many clinics will test during the menstrual period to include other hormone tests such as FSH and estradiol. You do not have to fast before an AMH blood test.

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