, Volume 30, Issue 3, pp 285-292
Date: 22 Mar 2013

Ovarian Reserve: Regulation and Implications for Women’s Health. Proceedings of the 2012 NICHD-ASRM Conference

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Purpose

Only a tiny fraction of the tens of thousands of ovarian primordial follicles initially present at birth will survive to mature, produce vital hormones and ovulate. In theory, snapshots of this remaining pool of ovarian follicles, the ovarian reserve (OR), could provide important insights for the assessment of ovarian function, and indicate a woman’s maximum reproductive potential and the time remaining until menopause, with critical implications for her fertility and overall health. However, the biomarkers of ovarian reserve that are currently available in the clinic cannot be used to make such predictions.

To help advance the state of this science from theory to practice, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) joined forces for the first time to present a satellite conference to the 2012 ASRM annual meeting. We hope that this conference, “Ovarian Reserve: Regulation an

Capsule

Proceedings from workshop on the ovarian reserve summarizing latest advances and remaining obstacles in the detection management, and treatment of health disorders tied to loss of the follicle reserve.