08 Jul Fertility Testing – Anti-Mullerian Hormone
Anti-Mullerian hormone or AMH is a hormone produced by the granulosa cells in your ovarian follicles and is a reflective of your ovarian reserve. The ovarian reserve is like a basket of eggs and you are born with a basket full of eggs, and these eggs get used up over your lifetime. An AMH test can tell you your egg count and AMH level points to a diminished ovarian reserve (DOR) or low egg count, which is why the hormone is linked to fertility. In other words, if you have DOR, this suggests the eggs in your basket are starting to are becoming depleted. While this is an indicator of the amount of eggs you have, it doesn’t give a reading of the health of the cells. Therefore, it’s not a precise indicator of fertility.
What can AMH tell you?
Because AMH reflects the number of eggs you have remaining in the ovary, it is an excellent guide to estimate the number (quantity) of eggs you have. However, when used as part of an infertility workup, AMH can help doctors understand if the ovaries are aging more rapidly than they should and if there are fewer eggs remaining. AMH can be used as a part of your infertility bigger picture.