What the HECK is an AMH?

First off, AMH = anti-Mullerian hormone. This probably doesn’t mean much to you, don’t worry, it may not need to. However, if you are seeking fertility assessment or treatment, an AMH will probably be in your specialist’s arsenal of tools.

AMH is a hormone that is released by a part of your ovaries, specifically within the follicles. To oversimplify the ever-so-mystifying world of your ovaries, each follicle contains a tiny egg that may one day reach its potential to become fertilized and create a tiny human being (if that’s what you want).

If you have a high AMH, it means that your ovarian reserve is high (aka those tiny little eggs). If your AMH is very low, it can indicate that you have a low ovarian reserve. The great news is that AMH is only part of the picture, so if you are informed that you have a low AMH, don’t fret. This is not the only puzzle piece. Respectively, if you have a high AMH, it doesn’t indicate the quality of your eggs and doesn’t ensure future fertility.

One more thing, testing AMH routinely in all people with ovaries is not recommended. This test is only indicated for those who are currently being investigated for infertility and over 35 years of age.

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