Testing and interpreting measures of ovarian reserve: a committee opinion

Fertil Steril. 2020 Dec;114(6):1151-1157. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2020.09.134.


Ovarian reserve is defined as the number of oocytes remaining in the ovary, or oocyte quantity (oocyte number). Markers of ovarian reserve include hormone levels and sonographically measured features of the ovaries. These markers can be useful as predictors of oocyte yield following controlled ovarian stimulation and oocyte retrieval. However, they are poor predictors of reproductive potential independently from age. This document replaces the document of the same name last published in 2012 (Fertil Steril 2012;98:1407-15).

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Advisory Committees / standards*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infertility, Female / diagnosis*
  • Infertility, Female / therapy
  • Oocyte Retrieval / methods
  • Oocyte Retrieval / standards*
  • Ovarian Reserve / physiology*
  • Ovary / cytology
  • Ovary / physiology
  • Reproduction / physiology*