An AMH test takes a snapshot of your likely reproductive time frame, likely menopausal age and even likely response to medicine in an IVF cycle. The AMH test is considered the best test currently available to estimate ovarian reserve.
How do you test AMH?
It is a single blood test that can be done at any time during the menstrual cycle. It can help predict how many eggs you are likely to obtain in an IVF cycle. It may also identify women who may undergo early menopause, and therefore who may lose their fertility earlier than average.
Although an AMH test can help pick up those who might lose their fertility more quickly, it cannot show who is more fertile than average, nor does it predict ovarian reserve in women with Polycystic Ovaries (PCO).
How can I get an AMH test?
Your doctor or nurse will give you a separate blood form for the test and tell you where you can have your test done. The result is usually available a week or so after the blood has been taken. Your doctor will tell you the result in person, by telephone or by sending you a letter. The interpretation of the AMH result will depend on your medical history, your family’s fertility history, lifestyle, and other investigations to your fertility.
Does an AMH test cost?
In most areas of New Zealand, the AMH test Is not publicly funded. Unless you live in one of those areas where the test is publicly funded and you meet the criteria, Fertility Associates will send you an invoice for it. This may arrive a few weeks after you have had your test because the blood collection labs only bill us once a month. The cost is typically $85 to $110* depending on the lab.
Fertility Associates does pay for an AMH test immediately before publicly funded treatment to help decide the best drug dose.
When to seek advice
- If you have polycystic ovaries, endometriosis, or have been through a cancer diagnosis; we recommend you get in touch quickly so we can talk you through all your options and give you the greatest possible chance of success.
- Check out our biological clock calculator to see when to seek help if you have been trying for months, with no success in becoming pregnant.
- If you’re a single woman considering motherhood in the future; it’s best to approach us early and consider egg freezing as this can be an option for you while you have a higher ovarian reserve and healthier eggs. More here