Egg Reserve Test
You are born with your lifetime supply of eggs. As you age, these eggs gradually decrease in both quality and quantity.
Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) is secreted by cells in developing egg sacs (follicles). The level of AMH in your blood is a good indicator of your ‘ovarian reserve’ – how many eggs you have remaining, and therefore roughly how many fertile years you have left. However, it doesn’t tell us about the quality of those eggs.
AMH levels don’t change during your menstrual cycle, so we can take this blood sample at any time of the month, and even if you are still using oral contraception.
The AMH test is useful if:
- you have been trying to conceive for over six months, and want to check your ovarian reserve is appropriate for your age
- you are considering IVF or other fertility treatments, as low levels of AMH may affect the potential success of any future IVF treatment, and your response to IVF medication
- you have had chemotherapy or ovarian surgery and want to know if it has affected your fertility
- you suspect an ovarian tumour
- you would like to conceive in the future, and just want to understand your current position.
How we test for AMH
If you are not already a Queensland Fertility Group patient, you’ll need to ask your GP to refer you to us for an AMH test. We send the test results to them.
AMH tests are not covered by Medicare. At QFG, the test cost is $75.