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AMH Fertility Test

Understanding the AMH fertility test

Most women know that as they age, the finite number of eggs they are born with begins to slowly and naturally decline. But a woman’s ovarian reserve can also decline much earlier, making it difficult to conceive a baby. Dr. Dan Gehlbach, medical director at our Kansas fertility center, uses the AMH (anti-Mullerian hormone) fertility test as an indication of how many eggs you have remaining, also called your ovarian reserve.

Typically, Dr. Gehlbach orders this simple blood test early in your menstrual cycle, in combination with testing for other hormone blood levels, but the AMH fertility test can be performed at any time during the month. It measures the level of AMH, which is only secreted by nearly invisible primordial egg follicles before they mature. The AMH fertility test indicates how many eggs you may have left.

Our Kansas fertility center expert breaks down your AMH fertility test results

The AMH fertility test measures a substance that is produced by granulosa cells in the microscopic follicles in your ovaries, which contain eggs that are just beginning to mature. The stage when the follicles are secreting this hormone is called the “pre-antral” or “small antral” growth stage. At this point, your egg-containing follicles are too tiny to be seen by ultrasound, but their presence can be detected by measuring the blood levels of AMH that they secrete.

Because the AMH fertility test is just one indicator of ovarian reserve, Dr. Gehlbach will interpret the results in combination with other female fertility tests, including blood tests for follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and estradiol. Even alone, however, your AMH fertility test results provide our Kansas fertility center specialist with valuable insight into your fertility.

Take our Kansas fertility center expert’s advice and get tested

If you’re wondering how fast your biological clock is ticking, or if you have been unable to get pregnant on your own after several months of trying, the AMH fertility test will likely be one of the first tests ordered at our Kansas fertility center. Dr. Gehlbach will combine these results with other testing to educate you about your fertility and develop a custom treatment plan that’s right for you.

To learn more about the AMH fertility test for women, contact our Kansas fertility center to schedule a consultation.