I have just returned from the Fertility Clinic and have been given my blood test results but I am a bit confused and struggling to find information.
My FSH is 7.6 and my AMH is 11.4. The nurse said that they are good results given my age (42 years). However, when looking for hormone levels on the internet, it seems to me that my AMH level is low as below 15.
Can anyone advise as to what my level should be at my age?
AMH stands for Anti Mullerian Hormone. It is similar to FSH and is a fairly new test to see how well the ovaries are working. It is said to determine the quality and quantity of ovarian reserve (eggs remaining in ovaries).
As you get older it decreases though doesn't it? So, at 42 years old that's probably quite normal. You are lucky in the fact that they will treat you after just six months because you are over 35 so hopefully something will get sorted for you. But, yeah, when you reach the age of 40 they say that your egg reserve is kind of diminishing and the quality is just not so great. Makes it harder to conceive, but not impossible.
They probably say its fine for your age because that's what it is. So, if a 25 year old woman had levels that number it would be a worry but, since you are at the age you are at it's perfectly normal.
I have just started down regulating for my 1st IVF cycle, and my clinic did an AMH test for me. My result was 12.4. As long as it's between 5 & 15 apparently it's classed as normal. My friend who is having her 1st cycle of ICSI had the AMH test done as well, and her results was 4.8. They were happy enough with her result although her drug protocol is different as they are concerned that if she were on the normal protocol she might over stimulate.
I don't fully understand the correlation between FSH and AMH. I know that as we get older FSH levels increase, but I'm not sure how AMH levels change - do they go up or down? Also FSH levels are generally measured within 3 days of a new cycle starting, where as AMH can be done at any stage in the cycle.
Not sure if any of that makes sense... but good luck with your treatment.
Yes , my understanding is that FSH gets higher as you get older and indicates that your fertility is diminishing so a high result, particularly over 10 isn't good . However, AMH levels should be high if you are fertile so the higher the level, the more fertile you are!
I can only have basic treatment on the NHS such as some blood tests and probably chlomid. I have been seeing a consultant for some months with spotting so have been referred to his Fertilty Clinic as still want to try and have a baby. I have had 2 mc's but they will not investigate those on the NHS until I have had 3. We found some money to see a Consultant privately re: mc's and have had basic tests.
So much information out there to get our heads around but I just couldn't find out what it should be in correlation to age but I suppose we are all unique so putting statistics aside, that is why some 20 year old's cannot get pregnant but women occasionally have babies in thier forties...here's hoping!
After posting on your thread last night, I had a hunt for AMH results and their meanings, but it is quite difficult to find out what the scale is and what they compare the results to. My friend is under the impression that AMH level of 4.8 means that she is likely to hyper stimulate, but the info I found last night says that the lower the reading the less chance of getting good quality eggs during stimulation - so I'm totally confused. Anyhow, I was told that my reading of 12.4 is within normal parameters - 5 to 15 - although I'd like to know if I'm top end of normal or lower end of normal. Your reading sounds good too hun. Would you consider going for private treatment. I'm going private while we wait for our NHS appointment to come round, and my clinic will treat women up to the age of 45.
Thanks for the info...unfortunately we cannot afford to go private so we'll do what we can with the NHS. God willing and with the help of 'mother nature' my DH and I hope and pray that we will be third time lucky and eventually have a baby together.
Let me know how you get on with your treatment..you can PM me if you like!
were these tests done at fertility clinic or will a gp do them / i think they sound fine...for ur age,i know didnt wona say it hun,but uv a nice chance of gettin pg i wud think if not the nurse/gp wud of said so
The tests were done by me Consultant who I have been seeing for spotting/? polyp. I had a hystersocopy but no polyp found which is good news but doesn't explain spotting I have had for 2 years since coming off the pill.
The Consultant I have been seeing for Gynae issues is also a Fertility Consultant and Obstertrician . Although I am 42 and have had 2 mc's , he is doing what he can under the NHS as my DH and I want to keep trying for another year. I am awaiting another internal scan and Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) which puts dye in to uterus and fallopian tubes. He even discusse maybe putting me on chlomid.
Consultant has been honest and says that only way to increase my chances of having a baby is with donor eggs but DH and I do not want to go down that route (and cannot afford IVF anyway).
We just keep hoping I'm still fertile as each month goes by and we have that before I'm too much older... scary though after 2 mc's!
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