Fertility test claims to measure good eggs
Critics say it can't tell conception odds
By Judith Graham | Tribune reporter
11:25 PM CDT, April 23, 2008
A new medical test for women who want to check their biological clocks is debuting in Chicago amid concerns about its usefulness and enormous interest in the consequences of delayed childbearing.
Called Plan Ahead, it is the first fertility test that purports to measure a woman's "ovarian reserve"—how many good eggs she has available for conception.
The $350 test will be marketed to women who are contemplating when to have children and who want to recognize any potential biological limitations.
And then cometh example #576142142360798 of our decadent culture's contemptuous objectification of women's bodies:
Dr. Benjamin Leader, chief medical officer for the company marketing the test, Repromedix, compares it to checking the gas gauge on a car to see how much is left in the tank.
The cynic in me says this has rapacious hucksterism written all over it.