So AMH or anti mullerian hormone is a hormone that is produced by eggs as they go from the storage pool through towards ovulation. And we can measure that level in the blood to give an indication of a woman’s ovarian reserve of eggs.
So what that means is how many eggs she has compared to other women in her age group. So a woman is born with all the eggs she’ll ever have. It generally declines towards menopause, but for some women that’s on a faster trajectory than others. So an AMH allows us to tell whether a woman is at risk of early menopause before it’s too late and where we can do something about it.
AMH is also used as a guide as to how quickly couples need to move through the course of fertility treatment. And is also used as a guide to doctors to plan the fertility treatment cycle. For example, the doses of drugs that are used.
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