Video: Antimüllerian Hormone (AMH) testing and Ovarian Reserve

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Hi!  My name is Lisa Stack and I’m the CNY Fertility Support Coordinator.  I recently uploaded an article about the Antimüllerian Hormone, referred to as AMH.  Now AMH is a great hormone that we are newly starting to test and really recognize in the fertility community as an indicator of your fertility.
Now, we often talk about our FSH levels as indicators of your perspective fertility, but a lot of researchers and scientists are noticing that AMH is a better indicator of ovarian reserve and your potential to conceive.  So what it is, is just a simple blood draw.  We test the AMH level and that can give us a good idea of how you will respond to various stimulation, how you will respond regarding your egg quality, and also it serves as an indicator if you’re a high risk for ovarian hyper-stimulation.  A higher level of AMH indicates better fertility.  A lower level may indicate that you have diminished ovarian reserve, and that it may pose a challenge trying to conceive; it often results in a lower quality egg, so fewer eggs retrieved during the retrieval process.
We can do this blood test at any time during your cycle, which is great.  You don’t have to come in at any particular time.  We can just take a look.  There are a couple of indicators that show that obesity negatively impacts your AMH level, as does age, or if you’ve undergone any chemo or radiation therapy.  There are some factors that we can work with and unfortunately, some factors that we can’t.  However, leading a healthy lifestyle, working on your diet and exercise can boost those AMH levels it appears.  It is something to take into consideration.  It is a quick, simple blood draw.  We can do it right here in the office at any time.  It’s a nice indicator and a good idea just to see where you are and kind of gauge your fertility.  We’re going to be looking at this test and other tests similarly to give us better indicators of your fertility and ways to support it, and anticipate any challenges.  If you have any questions about AMH, please feel free to contact our nurses or any of our practitioners at your next appointment.
Lisa Stack, Support Coordinator

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