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Clinical Signs of Gametogenic Failure in Women

  • Richard T. ScottJr.
Part of the Serono Symposia USA book series (SERONOSYMP)


The ability of a woman to conceive in the absence of specific pathophysiologic changes in her reproductive system is termed her reproductive potential. This potential declines with age and has contributed to the substantial increase in the prevalence of infertility in the United States (1–9). Initially, the decline in reproductive potential may be manifested in subtle ways such as lower fecundity rates and longer mean durations for women to become pregnant. As the decline in reproductive potential progresses, fecundity rates decrease to the point where the incidence of infertility rises and increased numbers of patients present for clinical evaluation and treatment.


Luteinizing Hormone Pregnancy Rate Challenge Test Reproductive Potential Ovarian Reserve 
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