Ovarian Egg Reserve (AMH)
While women are looking youthful longer, many associate their outward appearance with their fertility. The reality is, the number of eggs a woman has left in her ovaries has nothing to do with how young she looks on the outside – or even how fit!
Despite women looking younger as they age, the opposite has been shown to be true of ovarian reserve. A girl is born with a set number of eggs in her ovaries, which she begins to release monthly once she starts to menstruate. Women are most fertile in their 20s. During their 30s their reserve begins to decline. As a result of modern day living, the average woman’s egg reserve is declining earlier than it did 10 years ago. Today, most women’s ovarian reserve begins to decline at the age of 32.
Whether you are thinking about getting pregnant, or want to put it off for a few years, the first place to start is to learn the state of your ovarian reserve through a simple blood test that measures three hormones: anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and inhibin B.
Joy Medical knows how busy our patients are. That’s why we provide blood draws at our office. If you’d like to learn about your ovarian reserve, please contact us to schedule an appointment.