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Your Current and Future Fertility: AMH and Egg Freezing
Haven’t met the right partner, or not ready to have a baby on your own? Focused on your career right now? Just not ready to be a mom? Perfectly understandable. But if baby-making is on your future to-do list, and you could get information about your current fertility, or preserve your future fertility, wouldn’t it make sense to look into it? That’s where AMH testing – info on your current fertility, and egg freezing – preserving your future fertility, come in.
AMH, Anti-mullerian Hormone, is secreted by cells in your ovarian follicles. Because the level of AMH in your blood directly correlates to the number of ovarian follicles, it’s a good predictor of ovarian reserve – the quantity of your egg supply. The AMH test is a simple, inexpensive blood test that provides age-specific ranges and values.
“AMH is of limited help in older patients because it can only show whether the woman is lower or higher for her age group, not the actual number of antral follicles being allocated each month; only an ultrasound can do that,” says Dr. Richard Marrs, Managing Partner of California Fertility Partners in Los Angeles, CA.
“However, a young woman concerned about her fertility future might be well served to do an AMH to determine where she stands in her age group,” Dr. Marrs adds. If you’re in your 20s or early 30s, and have a lower than expected AMH for your age group, it might be time to think about fertility preservation. “You may want to freeze your eggs - sooner rather than later,” Marrs says.
Freezing your eggs at a younger age increases your chances of pregnancy later – particularly if you already know that your fertility is decreasing. And when you’re ready get pregnant, even though you’ll be older, your eggs won’t be.