Dr. Anne Steiner, assistant professor for the Depart of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Fertility, has been administering the study Biomarkers of Infertility also known as Time to Conceive.
The objective of the study is “To examine the ability of markers of ovarian aging to predict infertility due to reproductive aging, with the long term goal to develop a model that projects individual loss of reproductive potential.”
Steiner explained that research on infertility is imperative at this time because women are delaying their attempts to conceive to their thirties and forties. While these ages are typically associated with infertility, there are no validated markers to monitor a women’s fertility.
The study will enroll 750 women from the surrounding community that possess the desire to conceive. The study is currently in the enrollment process and will continue registering subjects until January 2015. If you’re interested in participating or would like to learn more, visit their website.
“Markers of ovarian aging are associated with natural fecundability (probability of conception per menstrual cycle), predictive infertility, and associated with the probability of live birth,” Steiner hypothesizes.
So far Steiner and her research team have been able to achieve the two aims of their grant application by: 1.) Producing introductory estimates of the association between fecundability and markers of ovarian aging 2.) Concluding the cycle-to-cycle differentiation in an individual’s markers of ovarian aging. They have also completed a secondary analysis using their collected data.
“Our study is innovative in its use of a population of unproven reproductive potential with previous access to contraception and at risk for reproductive aging,” Steiner said. “Results from this research, combined with research by others, will allow women to predict their current and future reproductive potential, ultimately allowing them more reproductive control.”
The study will conclude March 31, 2016 and is supported by the Center for Women’s Health Research at UNC.
To learn more about Time to Conceive visit their website