Many women are not ready to conceive but are very curious about their fertility status. In today’s society, women often delay childbearing until later in their reproductive years. The reasons for this shift are complex, but are often related to social, educational, and economic factors. This trend toward delayed childbearing has resulted in an increased number of women seeking fertility treatment in their 30s and 40s.
For women who would like to learn more about their fertility at any age, there is a simple blood test available. We can measure a woman’s anti-mullerian hormone level, otherwise known as AMH. AMH is produced directly by cells in the ovary and is one of the best measures we have of a woman’s “pool” of eggs.
All women experience a decline in their fertility and ovarian function over time. It is not fair, but as women, our pool of eggs actually peaks when we are fetuses and begins to decline before we are even born! By measuring an AMH level, we can begin to determine where a woman is at on the ovarian aging spectrum. AMH is convenient in that it can be measured at any in the cycle and can even be measured while a patient is using hormonal contraception.
Growing awareness of a woman’s biological clock has resulted in a surge of interest in fertility preservation and egg freezing. If you are curious about the status of your fertility or if you are interested in freezing your eggs for the future, contact us today!