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AMH Testing

What is AMH?

Anti-Mullerian Hormone, or AMH, is a hormone secreted by very early ovarian follicles. Recent studies have demonstrated that measuring the concentration of AMH in a woman’s blood has been shown to be a good predictor of a woman’s egg reserve, also known as Ovarian Reserve – put really simply, how many eggs a woman has left. 

More and more women are seeking reassurance about their ability to fall pregnant and while FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone) was historically the principal test used to measure Ovarian Reserve, we now know AMH to be a more accurate and reliable predictor of Ovarian Reserve.  

Measuring the level of AMH in your blood stream is known as an AMH Test, or an Egg Reserve Test.  

What will an AMH test tell me?

AMH levels are remarkably stable and are only minimally affected by the menstrual cycle, oral contraception or pregnancy. As a result, the egg reserve test can be done at any time throughout your cycle, whether you are on the pill or actively trying to conceive. 

The AMH blood test can be used in conjunction with specialised ultrasound, in which the number and size of small follicles on each ovary is carefully assessed, to give the most accurate picture of a woman’s future fertility.  

A low AMH test result may indicate low egg reserve, while high levels of AMH can be indicative of PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). 

Do I need an AMH test?

The AMH test, or egg reserve test, is useful for women seeking information about their ovarian reserve to assist with planning for a pregnancy, now or sometime in the future.  You should consider an AMH blood test if: 

  • You have been trying to conceive for over six months, and you are looking for reassurance that your ovarian reserve is appropriate for your age.
  • You are considering your fertility treatment options. The AMH level, in conjunction with a Pelvic Morphology Scan & Antral Follicle Count (AFC), is seen as a good predictor of IVF success. 
  • You have had chemotherapy or ovarian/endometrial surgery and want to find out what effect it has had on your future fertility. 
  • You would like to conceive in the future and just want an idea of your current ovarian reserve. 

How do I get an AMH test?

You will need a Doctor’s request for an AMH test.  If you are a Fertility North patient, your Doctor can arrange for this test to be done at any stage during your journey with us.  If you are not a patient at Fertility North, you can see our specialist Fertility GP without the need for a referral from your GP, and most appointments are bulk-billed. 

How can Fertility North help you?

AMH tests are our bread and butter.  To find out whether having an AMH blood test is right for you, or to discuss the results of an AMH test with an expert, please contact us to learn how we can help you.