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The New Girl on Egg Reserve; AMH

a blog by Claire, November 29, 2012

In this week’s episode of The New Girl, Jess received Sady’s baby announcement and ovarian reserve warning as her cue to have her fertility tested. "As your friendly neighborhood gynecologist, you should know that by the time a lady hits 30, she loses about 90 percent of her eggs”, Sady preached.

Jess flew into a fertility frenzy, dragging pal Cece in tow to have her AMH tested as well. AMH, or medically known as Anti-Mullerian Hormone, is the most accurate method of testing the number of eggs you have left- your ovarian reserve. It is recommended that Antral Follicle Count (AFC) also be factored into the fertility equation. A low AMH and low AFC will help fertility doctors pinpoint which fertility treatments will work for you.

It is true our egg reserve dwindles as we age (most research suggests 35 is a turning point for female fertility), but it does so gradually and only one study supports Sady's claim.

  • At birth, a female has 1 to 2 million eggs in her ovaries
  • At puberty, she has between 300,000 to 500,000 eggs
  • In her mid to late 30s, a woman has 25,000 eggs
  • At the average onset of menopause, a woman has 1,000 eggs

So, Jess can breathe a sigh of relief that she likely has a few fertile years ahead of her. She might actually consider freezing her eggs in case Mr. Right doesn’t fall into her arms soon.

If you’re like Jess and concerned about your fertility, it is best to talk to a fertility doctor.

Women between their late 20s and early 30s who are not ready to settle down should check out for information and resources on preserving their fertility until the time is right.

Having your AMH and AFC tested requires a simple blood and ultrasound test. It may give you peace of mind or help you to set a plan for building your family sooner than later.

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