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New fertility test can tell women whether their eggs are prematurely aging

An embryologist fertilises embryos in the fertility laboratory at Birmingham Women's Hospital. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Women who are wondering whether they should freeze their eggs for pregnancy at a later age can now take a test for less than $100 to find out whether they have prematurely aging eggs. The new “What’s My Fertility” test was developed by researchers at the Centre for Human Reproduction in New York to help women decide whether to freeze their eggs earlier in the hopes of using in vitro fertilization later. About 10 percent of women suffer from premature ovarian aging, according to The Telegraph.

“After treating infertility in women for decades and hearing them tell us time and time again that they wished they had known of the risk of premature ovarian aging (POA) so that they could have planned for a family sooner, we were determined to find a better way to proactively identify POA in young women,” said Norbert Gleicher, medical director and chief scientist at the Centre for Human Reproduction.

Women between the ages of 18 and 35 are asked to fill out an online questionnaire about their medical histories and then undergo three blood tests that analyze hormone levels. The test is only available to patients in Britain for now.

Read more at The Telegraph.

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