Why is AMH helpful for family planning?
If you’re considering the best timing for a possible pregnancy, it’s a good idea to have your AMH level tested. If you have a lower than average level of ovarian reserve, you’d be advised to try for a baby sooner rather than later.
To improve your chances of a successful pregnancy, it’s important to identify reduced ovarian reserve early so that further help can be offered if needed.
What is ovarian reserve?
This term is used to describe the number of good quality eggs a woman has in her ovaries. Women are born with about 1 million eggs. Normally there is a slow decline in the number of viable eggs in the ovaries over time, however, a small number of women have a faster rate of egg loss. These women can have very reduced numbers of viable eggs and poor ovarian reserve even in their thirties. This results in the woman being less fertile.
What happens if reduced ovarian reserve is diagnosed?
If reduced ovarian reserve is diagnosed, we recommend that you discuss these results with your GP. No treatments are currently available that help new eggs grow, however, IVF stimulation treatments may be available to assist with a woman’s remaining eggs.
Will I receive a bill from this test?
This is a very complex test and a specialist pathologist is required to report on the results. However, it is not covered by Medicare so there will be an out-of-pocket cost.