Between the ages of 25 and 35 female fertility declines by 50% - this is clinical data that is unknown to society. And even though the media show us first-time mothers who are over the age of 40, the reality is that after this age the likelihood of becoming a mother with own eggs decreases considerably year by year.
Something as standardised as an ultrasound and blood analysis allow us to determine one’s current fertility status. This information may make it possible to prevent social infertility, a type of infertility which currently accounts for more than half of the patients who visit a centre specialised in assisted reproduction.
“It’s about being able to make informed decisions- adds Dr Pascual Sánchez, Medical Director of Ginemed-. “We believe that the fertility study should be a regular part of gynaecological check-ups. Just as the cervical smear is regularly performed to prevent cervical cancer, as gynaecologists it is our responsibility to offer patients this information so that they can make their own decisions: to either not delay motherhood, or, if they plan on delaying it, to freeze their oocytes.”
A COMMITMENT TO INFORMED PATIENTS
In 2015 the University of Seville together with Ginemed Foundation published the test www.conocetufertilidad.es (‘know your fertility’), a questionnaire based on the reasons why fertility declines, and those which we are sometimes able to prevent: from eating habits and how often we exercise or consume alcohol, to clinical factors such as the antral follicle count (ovarian reserve) or levels of the Anti-Müllerian hormone.
Now, it’s precisely these clinical factors that Ginemed will evaluate in all women who wish to obtain this information about their fertility.
One more step to raise awareness, inform and spread the message that infertility can also be prevented.