By OBGYN and fertility expert Dr. Kenosha Gleaton
You may have heard about one of the most popular hormones on the block, AMH (short for anti-müllerian hormone). Perhaps you even got your AMH tested at your clinic, or at home. In this guide, we’ll review what this hormone can (and can’t) tell you and share the latest research on the topic.
What is AMH?
AMH is a hormone expressed by granulosa cells of the ovary during a woman’s reproductive years. A gradual increase in AMH levels is observed in girls from the first day of life, with maximum levels observed in women at around the age of 25. In adult women, AMH levels gradually decline as the primordial follicle pool declines with age, becoming undetectable at menopause.
What AMH can’t tell you
There is no single test that can tell you with certainty your likelihood of getting pregnant.
To understand ovarian reserve (the reproductive potential based on number and quality of eggs), a number of screenings may be utilized, but no single test is highly reliable for predicting pregnancy potential. In addition to AMH, your doctor will likely look at day 3 FSH, day 3 estradiol, antral follicle count, and more.