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Why Hormone Levels are NOT the Best Predictor of Fertility

 

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We all like the ability to make a choice of what we want, when we want it. This applies to something as simple as planning a coffee date all the way to pregnancy. More and more women are postponing having children in order to focus on personal goals, careers, financial planning, etc. This "ticking" of the so-called biological clock pushes many women to use hormonal testing to monitor fertility. As this practice becomes increasingly more popular, we want to remind women that hormone levels are not necessarily the best predictor of future pregnancy.

 

Hormone Testing

It’s everywhere- ads like “at-home hormone tests” or “find out how fertile you are” scattered throughout search engines and popping up on Facebook feeds. The overwhelming presence of hormone testing makes its way from the online sphere to popular media outlets, entering our lives as we watch the morning news. How valid are these claims? Can your AMH levels confirm or deny the possibility of getting pregnant?

Research says not necessarily.

 

What is AMH?

The Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) indicates the ovarian reserve. That means these levels can give an estimation of how many eggs remain in your ovaries. The numerical values range from very low all the way to high. High levels could indicate Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) in some women, so in this case, higher numbers aren’t better. Normal is considered the desirable range.

 


Why AMH test results can be misleading:

Let’s say you get back your AMH test results. They tell you your levels are lower than normal, and you can’t help but feel worried about the possibility of future pregnancy. Our advice is not to feel hopeless or discouraged.

The Journal of the American Medical Association conducted a 2017 study about the correlation between ovarian reserve and conception in women of late reproductive age (ages 30-44). Researchers compared women with low levels of AMH to those with normal levels in each subsection of this age group. According to the study, after trying to become pregnant for three months or less, low levels of AMH were not associated with reduced fertility compared to those with normal AMH levels (1).  

 

The takeaway?

When you receive your AMH level results, take them with a grain of salt. These levels help us get an idea of how many eggs you might have in reserve, however, they don’t reveal the quality of your eggs. A low level of eggs-even at a young age-doesn’t mean you won’t become pregnant. It only takes one quality egg to develop into a fetus after fertilization.

The other side of this approach is that high AMH levels don’t predict future pregnancy. If your eggs quality is bad, it doesn’t matter how many are in reserve- they may not result in a successful pregnancy.

 

Age Matters

Age really is the best predictor of fertility. As you enter your late reproductive years, your egg quality diminishes and so does the reserve. This is a universal truth for all women nearing a perimenopausal or menopausal state.

 

Resources:

1.https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2656811

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