Age and Fertility: What Happens to Your Eggs as You Get Older?

Dr. Natalie Crawford, MD, board certified fertility physician, explains the impact of age on fertility. Age is the number one predictor of pregnancy success in women trying to get pregnant. Learn about your ovaries and how they function. What happens as you get older? Why is it harder to get pregnant as you age? She talks about ovarian reserve, including testing of Antimullerian hormone (AMH) and antral follicle count (AFC), and egg quality. Learn about optimizing your fertility and making the decisions that are right for you.

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