Saturday, June 5, 2010

Anti-Muellerian Hormone

Have you heard of this Hormone? This is the new fertility test for females!
It’s a simple test that tells you the state of your ovaries. Whether its sell-by date is due, or you can still afford to be choosy about suitors(like its not bad enough that you want to get married but there are no askers, now your ovaries can help seal your fate!).

I used to be a big proponent of these three: Sperm/HIV/ Test/Blood Genotype Tests before marriage. Well seems the men or their Moms and Sisters can pull that on we girls now. They might just insist that you get checked before you marry to be assured that you shall be fruitful. ‘Err sorry but your AMH level is 25% and you see, I really want to have children asap and Miss Chi the other contender for my hand has an 88% score’ which means…..
The gist: Blood levels of AMH which is produced only in small ovarian follicles can be used to attempt to measure the size of the pool of growing follicles in women. Research shows that the size of the pool of growing follicles is heavily influenced by the size of the pool of remaining primordial follicles (microscopic follicles in "deep sleep"). Therefore, AMH blood levels are thought to reflect the size of the remaining egg supply - or ovarian reserve.

Fertility does decline as a woman grows older, and the problem is that it is not possible to predict the rate of decline for an individual woman. Most women are lulled into a false sense of security if they have regular period, because they assume that if their periods are regular, this automatically means that their egg quality is enough for them to make babies !
Unfortunately, this is not always true - and for some women, while their egg quality is enough for them to produce enough hormones to get regular periods, it may not be enough to make a baby !
So to avoid hearing some IVF doctor tell you in the future - I wish you had come to me earlier ? I'd suggest you get your AMH level tested.
If you live in the US, you can get it done at www.mymedlab.com.
If you live in Nigeria, go to your nearest pastoral house and bind this evil. It is not our portion!!!

p.s. I had to repost this again after deleting the first. It just wouldnt format.

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