The first step towards improving your fertility is to educate yourself and take measures to learn about your options. Fortunately, there are many forms of testing which can help you to understand your own fertility. At Palm Beach Fertility Center, we offer a relatively new fertility test which provides information about the supply of remaining eggs in your ovaries.
This blood test can measure anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) levels released by developing eggs, and help predict your fertility potential. Depending on the results, Dr. Denker will put your mind at ease and help you make a proactive plan to include fertility preservation or in-vitro fertilization.
AMH testing measures a hormone that is only produced by granulose cells found in follicles at their earliest stage of growth, before they can be seen on ultrasound. Primary follicles release AMH and the level is thought to reflect the number of immature follicles left in the “waiting” phase at the earliest stage of development.
Dr. Mark Denker will order a blood test at our fertility clinic. Unlike other fertility tests, we can measure AMH levels at any time during the menstrual cycle. Results usually arrive from our IVF lab within one week, and we can then discuss the options for overcoming low ovarian reserve (low AMH levels).
For example, we may recommend fertility preservation which provides women with the ability to freeze their eggs, donor eggs, or PGD. A high level of AMH could indicate polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), which we can treat with fertility medications. AMH levels alone do not provide comprehensive information about your fertility. There are a variety of other factors which contribute to your reproductive potential and other tests can be completed to diagnose female infertility.
As a woman between the ages of 20s to late 30s, you can greatly benefit from knowing the status of your ovarian reserve. Contact us at (888) 819-5177 if you would like to have AMH testing to assess your fertility potential.