A female has her lifetime supply of eggs (about 7 million) in her ovaries (in utero) before she is even born. Each month she loses some of this supply, so by the time she is born, the number has dwindled down to approximately 1 million eggs. This steady decline continues so that approximately 300,000 eggs remain as a girl enters puberty. The supply of eggs is nearly depleted by the time a woman enters menopause.
Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) is produced by cells of developing ovarian follicles. Until recently, tests available to determine ovarian reserve have only been able to show when the egg supply is almost depleted. At that point, it may be too late. Research suggests that results from measuring AMH levels may provide an earlier marker of a woman’s reproductive potential. This can be done via a simple blood draw.
Nothing can turn back a woman’s biological clock. However, AMH testing may help clinicians diagnose problems with ovarian reserve earlier and more conveniently than other methods in a woman’s reproductive life cycle. The laboratory and clinical staff at NCRM are very experienced in measuring AMH levels–and all it takes is a quick needle stick in the arm!
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