Egg reserve test
Women are born with their lifetime supply of eggs, and these gradually decrease in both quality and quantity with age.
Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) is a hormone secreted by cells in developing egg sacs (follicles). The level of AMH in a woman's blood is generally a good indicator of her ovarian reserve. To interpret the level you should compare your own level with other women of the same age.
An AMH test gives us some insight into the remaining quantity of eggs and number of fertile years you may have, but it cannot tell us much about the quality of those eggs. AMH does not change during your menstrual cycle, so the blood sample can be taken at any time of the month - even while you are using oral contraception.
Do I need an AMH test?
The AMH test is useful if:
- you have been trying to conceive for over six months, and want to check your ovarian reserve is appropriate for your age
- you are considering IVF or other fertility treatments, as low levels of AMH could indicate a potentially poor response to IVF. Conversely, a high level may indicate an exaggerated response to the IVF medication
- you have had chemotherapy or ovarian surgery and want to know if it has affected your future fertility
- you suspect an ovarian tumour
- you would like to conceive in the future, and just want to understand your current position
How we test for AMH
If you are not already an IVFAustralia patient, you’ll need to ask your GP for a referral to IVFAustralia for an AMH test. Following this, you'll need to contact your nearest IVFAustralia clinic to have your blood taken. We analyse your results in our own specialised laboratory and send a copy of these results to your referring doctor.
If you have a low AMH level, indicating poor egg reserve, you should then consider discussing your situation further with a fertility specialist.
The test costs $75 and is not covered by Medicare.