How does low AMH affect Fertility ?
Posted on : 2022-Jul-24 18:29:35
The abbreviation of AMH is Anti-Mullerian Hormone and it is a protein hormone generated by the granulosa cells. The granulosa cells are the ones that help for developing eggs in the woman’s ovaries. AMH test is the best indicator of your reproductive health that helps to know about your ovarian reserve. The AMH test does not determine your ability to conceive, but shows how soon you need treatment.
What Exactly Does AMH Mean?
AMH is produced by the cells that surround eggs in the ovaries. AMH is also essential for the growth of sexual organs in a child when it is in the mother’s womb. The amount of AMH in your body helps to know about the developing ovarian follicles which in turn indicates the eggs remaining in the ovaries. The granulosa cells produce higher amounts of AMH when the follicles are less than 4mm.
The amount of AMH gradually decreases with age as the ovarian reserve gets diminished with age.
What is a Normal and Low AMH Levels?
AMH levels are considered as normal if it is between 1.5-4.0 ng/ml. However, age and other factors are considered to determine the exact assessment of the AMH levels.
If the AMH levels are less than 1.3 ng/mL, it is considered as low count. This indicates a less success rate in the fertility treatments such as IVF or IUI. Low levels of AMH do not mean that you are not ovulating every month or you cannot get pregnant. But it indicates the success rate of infertility treatments.
The AMH levels get affected by the following:
- Family history of PCOS
- Any ovarian surgery in the past
- History of chemotherapy for cancer treatment
- Deficiency of vitamin C
- Use of birth control medications
How Do Low AMH Levels Affect Fertility?
The AMH levels indicate how healthy your ovaries are. A low count of AMH indicates a low count of eggs in the ovaries. The quality and quantity of eggs are also get affected by the low levels of AMH. As the eggs reserve is low, the chances of developing, releasing and fertilization of egg get reduced.
During the fertility treatments such as IVF, the ovaries are stimulated to let the preantral follicles grow and produce an egg. This helps to stimulate and collect a greater number of eggs instead of collecting one or two eggs per month.
If the AMH levels are low, your body may not respond well to the drugs used during conventional IVF procedures. Instead, a natural IVF treatment is effective for women with low AMH levels.
What is AMH Test and When Should I Undergo an AMH Test?
An AMH test is a blood test performed during the menstrual cycle. An ultrasound scan of the ovaries will also be performed along with an AMH test to know if there are small follicles. An AMH test is performed in the following cases:
- When you are planning for pregnancy and want to know the ovarian reserve
- To determine the right treatment if you are unsuccessful even after actively trying for conceiving
- When you are planning for fertility treatment as it helps to determine the best fertility treatment
- When you are trying vigorously for pregnancy and want to know about the reproductive health and plan for kids in the future
Have Low AMH Levels? Visit Angels Fertility for an Effective Low AMH Treatment?
Angels Fertility has expert and experienced fertility specialists in Hyderabad. If the AMH test determines low levels of AMH, we suggest either IVF or IUI based on the values of the AMH test. We arrange an appointment with one of our fertility specialists to guide you through the infertility procedure. We develop a personalized treatment plan for you and you are free to clear your doubts throughout the procedure. To get an accurate treatment for low AMH levels, call us and book your appointment with us.