At Dallas IVF, our fertility specialists perform comprehensive ovarian reserve testing to determine if a woman has a decreased supply of eggs, also known as diminished ovarian reserve. As part of ovarian reserve testing, our Dallas fertility center team assesses anti-müllerian hormone, AMH, levels using a blood test.
AMH testing is part of a comprehensive female fertility workup
Our Dallas fertility center offers AMH testing because it enables physicians to obtain important information about a woman’s fertility potential. Unlike other blood tests used for ovarian testing, your physician can perform AMH testing at any time during your menstrual cycle.
AMH is a substance that is produced by granulosa cells in immature follicles in your ovaries. These primordial follicles contain your eggs that will eventually mature and present themselves for ovulation. Normal levels of AMH indicate that you have a healthy egg supply. However, low levels of AMH suggest that you may have a diminished ovarian reserve. High levels also present some fertility challenges.
If AMH testing reveals that you have low or high levels of AMH, it does not mean that it will be impossible for you to get pregnant. It merely suggests that it may be more difficult for you to conceive, and that you may need a more aggressive approach in your fertility treatment.
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To gain even more information about your ovarian reserve and fertility, our fertility specialists order a blood test to check your follicle stimulating hormone, FSH, LH and estradiol. You can also expect a transvaginal ultrasound to assess your antral follicle count.
- FSH is produced in your pituitary gland and it causes your follicles to develop. To receive an accurate result, your physician will check your FSH levels at the beginning of your menstrual cycle, when your FSH levels should be at their lowest. If FSH testing reveals high FSH levels, then you may have a diminished ovarian reserve.
- An antral follicle count during a transvaginal ultrasound shows how many follicles (eggs) you have developing that month.
FSH testing and antral follicle count can be performed separate or together with AMH testing to provide information about how likely you are to get pregnant. We also learn how likely you are to respond to fertility treatments. Your physician will use this information to design the best fertility treatment plan for you.
If you’re interested in learning more about AMH testing or other forms of ovarian testing at Dallas IVF, please contact us today for an appointment.