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Measuring Ovarian Reserve

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Measuring Ovarian Reserve

Ovarian reserve is the term used to describe the number of good quality eggs left within a woman’s ovaries. As a woman runs out of eggs, the number of these small antral follicles decline in number and as a result the serum Anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) falls.

Women with diminished ovarian reserve have diminished fertility and an increased risk of miscarriage. It is important to identify these women early on so that they can make decisions on when to start having a family and when to access assisted reproductive technology if required.

Women under the age of 38 years who are considering delaying pregnancy, women with a family history of ovarian failure, autoimmune disease, chemotherapy or previous surgery to the ovaries are all well suited to ovarian reserve testing.

Repromed has been performing AMH testing since 2004 and are excited to announce that we will be shifting over to a new automated system that will mean quicker and more accurate results. Our very own Professor Kelton Tremellen and Scientific Director Dr Deidre Zander-Fox were the first to publish the reference ranges for this exciting new development in AMH testing.

If a woman is found to have a low ovarian reserve the only effective therapy is for women to bring forth their plans to start a family. If a woman has low ovarian reserve and has not conceived within six months of trying we would also suggest a referral to Repromed for an early investigation for ‘infertility’.  If a severe male factor is identified at this point, then early referral for IVF may assist a conception.

FAQ about AMH Testing

What should I do if I have a low ovarian reserve?

If a woman is found to have a low ovarian reserve the only effective therapy is for women to bring forth their plans to start a family. If a woman has low ovarian reserve and has not conceived within six months of trying then we would also suggest a referral to Repromed for an early investigation for ‘infertility’.  If a severe male factor is identified at this point, then early referral for IVF may assist you in achieving conception.

At what time in the menstrual cycle should AMH be taken?

Anti-Mullerian hormone levels fluctuate very little during the menstrual cycle and therefore can be taken at any time during a normal menstrual cycle.

How do I arrange for Ovarian Reserve testing?

Patients can be referred for a serum Anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) by their GP or Specialist by requesting an AMH on a Repromed pathology, or alternatively have a Repromed Fertility Health Check. Simply phone 08 8333 8111 to arrange an appointment.

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