Ovarian reserve testing indicates the amount of eggs you have remaining in your ovaries for pregnancy – known as your ovarian reserve.
We assess your ovarian reserve by measuring the amount of Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) in your blood. AMH is a substance produced by the follicles – egg sacs - which contain all your immature eggs.
AMH levels are typically good in younger women because they have lots of eggs left. Older women usually have lower AMH levels, because egg supply is depleted due to age. The test analyses if you have the expected AMH level for your age group.
Knowing your AMH level and ovarian reserve can help you to make informed choices about your fertility and future family plans. If the result of your ovarian reserve test is lower than expected, you may wish to try to conceive sooner than you planned to. Or you may wish to seek help from a fertility specialist.
An ovarian reserve test involves a simple blood test which can be performed at any time in your menstrual cycle.
Your Doctor will discuss your results in your consultation and talk you through your options for pregnancy, including any fertility treatment recommendations, depending on what your result shows.
It is important to remember that AMH alone does not predict your chances of pregnancy. It only measures your ovarian reserve and does not give an indication of egg quality. Your potential for conceiving is influenced by lots of other factors too, such as your age, lifestyle and health.
If you would like a more comprehensive and detailed look at your fertility, we offer a full Fertility Assessment which includes a one-hour consultation with a fertility doctor, a pelvic ultrasound scan to check your womb and ovaries and an antral follicle count test. An antral follicle count is another way to measure your ovarian reserve, where we use ultrasound to visually count the number of follicles in your ovaries that contain immature eggs.