Can the AMH Blood Test Reveal How Many Eggs You Have Left?

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Most women know that as they age, their chances of getting pregnant dwindle down to nothing. After a certain age, our bodies have run out of eggs and menopause sets in and we finally understand that we are now too old to have kids. However, for those of us who are starting to age a bit, but still wanting to have kids in the future, our fertility is an important issue.

Maintaining the eggs that we need when we are ready to have kids is important in these circumstances and in order to do so, you need to learn more about your body and the way that it functions. First, you should keep in mind that every woman’s body works differently and just because one woman is fertile well into her forties does not necessarily mean that you will be as well.

1. Learning about Fertility

Women are made much differently than men; this is just a fact of life. As much as we enjoy saying that we can do anything a man can do, there is one thing that men can do for much longer than us and that is to have children. Women are born with a certain amount of eggs in which to reproduce.

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The normal amount is around 300, and our body will release one egg every month throughout our lifetimes. With all these eggs, it may be difficult to understand why some women find it difficult to get pregnant as they age.

One of the most important parts of the pregnancy process is the hormonal response that the follicles surrounding those eggs have. As we age, this response becomes less and less, making it more difficult to become pregnant.

2. Can I tell how many eggs I have left?

One popular test that helps determine fertility is the AMH test or Anti-Mullerium Hormone test. Since the number of eggs that you have remaining does not necessarily mean that you will get pregnant, this test focuses more on the probability that you will get pregnant. Test results range from optimum to very low and they can be received via a simple blood test.

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The blood test measures the follicles that are responsible for the hormone responses to the eggs. A woman with a lower level of these follicles will have a harder time developing eggs that are healthy and ready for fertilization. The AMH test can also allow women to know how well their ovarian reserves are doing. Usually a woman with lower ovarian reserves has lower AMH levels.

3. Should I have the test completed?

One of the best things about the AMH test is the level of accuracy that women have seen. While old fashioned tests varied from one cycle to the next, the AMH test has been shown little changes from month to month and can actually be tested on any day of your cycle. There are many women who can benefit from this test.

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If you are a young woman who wants to put off having children until later in life, this test may help you see if your body will be ready when you are. It may also be a good idea for this test to be completed annually so that you do not miss your opportunity to have children. Likewise, for older women wanting to have children, this test will allow them to see what their odds of conceiving are.

4. Does a high or low level guarantee my pregnancy?

Just because you have a high AMH level, does not mean that there are no other factors that play a role in the fertility situation. You may find that even when your levels are extremely high, that any medical conditions or other forces work against your efforts to conceive.

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The same is true for low levels of AMH. You should talk your options over with your doctor before giving up hope of getting pregnant. The chances are still there for you to conceive, you may just need to work harder for your baby.

While an AMH test does not measure the exact number of eggs that you have remaining, it can be a key indicator of how fertile that you are. This can be an extremely useful tool for women who are not ready to have children, but do not want to miss their opportunity to have them in the future. If you are waiting to have kids, this is definitely a test that you should talk over with your doctor and determine if it is right for you.

Dr. Karen Leham is double board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocronology and Infertility. Dr. Leham completed her residency at Loyola University, followed by a fellowship at UCLA.