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PCOS affects 10% of women, causing weight gain, irregular periods, acne and infertility. Egg-Q tests for AMH levels, which can be an indicator of PCOS. Learn more about the signs, symptoms and treatments for PCOS during September, which is PCOS Awareness Month.

"But their ovaries suck!"

Watching "Biological Clock", part 3 of Lisa Ling's This is Birth series. Right at the start, one woman remembers her fertility doctor telling her, "We see so many women who look great, they look young, but their ovaries suck!" Cue the shock and horror on the faces of the other women in the segment.

Well, I was pretty horrified too. It's definitely not OK to talk to your patients in such a crass and cold way. But what he is saying is sadly true.

I live in Miami, where somehow pretty much everyone looks amazing. Botox? Plastic surgery? Brazilian genes? Endless hours at Equinox? I have no idea, but they do. Somehow 40 year-olds look like they are 25. But unfortunately your ovaries really don't care how amazing your body looks, how toned your arms are, or how wrinkle-free your forehead is. Inside, we are all pretty much the same. Starting at 27, and accelerating dramatically at 35, our ovaries begin to. . . well, suck. Your very smart body uses up its best eggs first. So at 20 most women release a "good egg" almost every month. By 35 maybe its only 4 - 6 months of the year. And by 40, we know that your chances of genetic abnormalities and miscarriage are greater every month than your chances of actually having a healthy baby.

So what can we do?

Well, first I am on a mission to let women know that their ovaries do in fact age very quickly in their 30s- in a nicer way than the tactless doctor did. Even my super smart, super successful friends still don't fully get this.

Second, Egg-Q is offering women an easy way to get a fertility check-up. We combine an AMH blood test with a questionnaire developed by the best fertility doctors (our partners at Conceptions Florida) and review it via a quick and easy tele-medicine consult. It's the best way to know if your ovaries are. . . how shall we say this. . . slightly sucky.

Finally, we actually have "botox for ovaries": it's called egg freezing. You put your eggs on ice and when you are ready to use them, they are fresh and young. Take a look at Lisa Ling's very real talk about the pros and cons. It's definitely worth your time if you want to learn more about egg freezing.


Day One

Today it begins. My dream of having my own company. One that really impacts women's lives.

Egg-Q is a simple test that can predict your ovarian reserve- or the real age of your eggs and ovaries. Technically, it combines an Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) blood test with a fertility questionnaire to educate women on their fertility health.

But that's a bit of the science. This is the actual story.

The story is about you, and what tools you have to build the life of your dreams. Great education, amazing career, fun travel, a healthy body, and maybe hardest of all, a great partner. And yes, kids one day.

And this story is about me, too, and how I got here.

I got my BA at the University of Pennsylvania and my MBA at NYU-Stern. I was "living the dream" working at a women's health company. My husband, meanwhile, was starting his own infertility practice. I had two babies back to back. I turned 40 and kept working long hours during the day and sleeping about 3 hours a night. Sleep-training experts be damned.

I was exhausted. Then I got thyroid cancer. I took that as a sign that for the first time in years maybe I should/could/needed to take a break. So I did. But shortly after, I had a retinal detachment which took what felt like forever to fix via several (fairly gross) surgeries. My retinal detachment terrified me because it left me blind in one eye, with severely limited vision in the other eye, and laying face down for weeks while I recovered. (This is true. Ask my sisters who thought it was absolutely hilarious to stand behind me and take ridiculous pictures since they knew I couldn't see them. But I digress.)

During these very uncomfortable hours where I couldn't lift my head, much less check my phone, read email or watch TV (think about that), I was finally able to *really* think about an idea I had floating around in the back of my mind for a while.

So thanks to these pop-up challenges, my labor of love has begun. A test for women to take BEFORE they get to my husband's office because they are having a hard time getting pregnant. To help women who ask, "why didn't anyone ever tell me?" Women who never really thought about getting pregnant. . . until they couldn't. They are now suffering through the emotional, physical and financial roller coaster of infertility. Now, let me not bite the hand that feeds me. Infertility treatments are awesome if you cannot have a baby any other way. They change lives. They actually make lives. But why go through that if you don't have to? Wouldn't you rather know?

My friends and I have spent way too much time researching the perfect spa in Arizona, getting accepted to the best grad schools, and finding the best new restaurant in the city. But few of my incredibly bright and talented friends ever checked to see what was really going on with their ovaries. Well, guess what? Smart women know more than the latest celebrity gossip. Smart women know their Egg-Q.

So that's it. I hope this test helps women know more about their bodies, Lean In, and take control of their futures.

Silvia Mestre, Founder and CEO, Egg-Q

(Wow, that feels incredible to say.)