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An accounting entry that properly reflects contingent liabilities.
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Allowance for Doubtful Accounts

Extra funds from sales, or another source, set aside in order to pay off bad debt if and when it arises. The allowance helps a company ward off any potential cash flow problems should its credit sales not be repaid as expected. On financial statements, it is important to note that an allowance for bad debts exists for fiscal conservatism and not because one expects a large amount of bad debt to accumulate. An allowance for doubtful accounts is also called a cushion. Banks call these funds the loan loss reserve. See also: Savings account.


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The funds that are earmarked by a firm from its retained earnings for future use, such as for the payment of likely-to-be-incurred bad debts. The existence of such a reserve informs readers of the firm's financial statements that at least a part of the retained earnings will not be available to the stockholders. See also allowance for doubtful accounts, reserve for contingencies.
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Table-II: Correlation of oocytes with ovarian reserve parameters.
A prospective, comparative analysis of anti-Mullerian hormone, inhibin-B, and three-dimensional ultrasound determinants of ovarian reserve in the prediction of poor response to controlled ovarian stimulation.
On the other hand, primordial follicles do not express gonadotropin receptors; therefore, GnRHa cannot have a direct effect on ovarian reserve (44).
In adolescents there are only two studies examining ovarian reserve of HT patients.
The main pathophysiology of poor response to COS is decreased ovarian reserve determined by decreased AFC and increased AMH, which is associated with infertility and limited response to standard COS protocols.
(1) A woman's ovarian reserve reflects the number of oocytes present in the ovaries and is the result of complex interactions of age, genetics, and environmental variables.
Moreover, it may prove useful in endometrioma excision in reproductive aged women because it is likely to harm ovarian reserve less than electrocautery.
The effect of UAE on ovarian reserve in younger women has not been consistent and remains controversial.
Another common IVF myth is about the ovarian reserve. Dr Sajjad said many doctors often tell patients that treatments can increase or improve their egg reserve, which is "never the case."
[8] also confirmed that the distribution density of FSHR on the surface of GCs in patients with low ovarian reserve decreased.
This hormone is secreted from preantral and small antral follicles, and quickly detects changes in microvascular perfusion; therefore, it provides us with an ability to better assess the ovarian reserve. AMH levels can be viewed on any day of the menstrual cycle because their relative levels are not affected by the menstrual cycle (Atasever et al., 2016).
'Doing an ovarian reserve is important to me because I'm fortunate enough to have that as an option, but I need to be aggressive about protecting my fertility [and] myself,' added the 'Him and I' singer, who suffered a miscarriage three years ago.