New blood test can give better picture of a woman’s fertility

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – A new blood test, called an Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) test, can determine roughly how many eggs a women has at any given time.

The test could help women get a glimpse into the future of their fertility.

A woman’s eggs do not necessarily age in tandem with her body.

That means that it is possible for a female in her mid-30s to have the eggs of a woman who is much older.

“We’re finding that many of these ladies actually have lower ovarian reserve, or a lower number of eggs left than we had ever anticipated,” Dr. Dorothy Mitchell-Leef, a fertility specialist with Reproductive Biology Associates says. “We’re not sure why, but we’re trying to get more of the young women to at least get that test done so they would know where they would stand.”

Women who do not have a partner can still get an AMH test and freeze their eggs if the test comes back low.

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