So first of all, what is AMH and what’s the big deal?
AMH stands for anti-Mullerian hormone, and it’s produced by the cells around your egg follicles called the granulosa cells. Based on research AMH is the most reliable marker for ovarian reserve, which is a fancy way of saying how many eggs you have in your ovaries. So higher AMH may indicate that you have a higher egg follicle count, and lower AMH may be a sign that you have lower egg follicle count.
AMH is a also a good marker when checking for underlying reproductive syndromes that impact fertility like polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis. In addition, it can also estimate when you might enter menopause or the likelihood of early menopause.
Your AMH can also help get more information about your chances of having success with assisted reproductive technology procedures like IVF and egg freezing.
What are normal AMH levels?
AMH levels are assessed based on your age as they change over time.
Every woman is born with a specific number of eggs in their ovaries, 1-2 million eggs to be precise. Some of these eggs are lost before puberty and around 1,000 are lost each month after puberty until menopause when egg reserves run out and AMH reaches 0.
Research shows that generally women's egg reserves significantly reduce around 30 and even more steeply around 35. As egg reserves reduce so does the AMH levels. Having said that each woman is unique, and so your egg reserves and AMH will reduce at a different rate to another woman’s. It’s therefore important to be able to tests your levels of AMH to track your egg count and predict when menopause may happen for you. This is even more important if you suspect you have underlying conditions like hormonal imbalance, PCOS and endometriosis.
But will normal AMH levels mean I will never struggle with fertility?
No hormone test can guarantee that you will get pregnant, but they can help assess risk, track changes over time and get ahead of the game. Having said that if your AMH results are normal for you age it is likely that you will be able to retrieve a good number of eggs for procedures like IVF and egg freezing. It will also indicate that you are likely to reach menopause around 50 and less at risk of premature ovarian failure or early menopause.
So basically, AMH isn’t going to guarantee your fertility today or in the future but it is the best way of getting an insight into your egg count and fertility.
And what if my AMH levels were low for my age?
First thing to remember is low AMH for your age does not mean infertility.Women with lower AMH for their age are more likely to have a shorter reproductive window than women with higher AMH levels.
So if you do have low AMH for your age you’ll be encouraged to visit your GP who will help investigate the cause of it, provide necessary treatment if required and talk to you about your options for your current or future fertility such as egg freezing or thinking about starting to try to conceive if you are in a position to do so.
Ok, so how can I test my AMH levels?
ScreenMe has made testing your AMH levels easy, affordable and reliable which means it’s the same test that a specialist at a fertility clinic would use but you do it from home, pay a LOT less AND receive holistic advice to take control of your fertility.
What you get with your test:
- You also get other important fertility hormones tested like: LH, FSH and Oestrogen and health markers like: vitamins and minerals depending on the package you choose
- Doctor’s report explaining exactly what your results mean
- Tailored nutrition and recipes to boost your current and future fertility
- 1:1 consultation with you ScreenMe fertility nutritionist to make sure you have everything you need to take control of your fertility
- Access to your results, reports and tailored nutrition on your ScreenMe dashboard where you can track your results through time
- Unlimited email support
- Access to the ScreenMe shop where you can purchase repeat tests, consultations, approved supplements and other fertility products we approve of