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AMH levels / fertility blood tests - help?

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AwayWithTheFairy Tue 08-Nov-16 16:14:30

I'm having fertility blood tests tomorrow and I'm feeling a little wobbly. I'm not sure what's a 'good' or 'bad' result I'm hoping my gyno will explain but from previous experience with her, she won't ; so I want to be prepared with questions.

Any advice? Questions I should ask? Levels I need to be aware of?

Chattycat78 Tue 08-Nov-16 16:40:05

You should be able to look up supposedly "normal" age appropriate amh levels easily just by googling it.

However- this is probably not that helpful, but a note of caution- I had these fertility tests when I was 34 and worried about conceiving. My amh came back as very low for my age and I was told I needed
Ivf to conceive. I was shocked and distraught.

However, I then had a miscarriage (natural conception) followed by ivf which gave me my first child. When he was 9 months old I decided to try again as I had been given the impression it would be difficult to conceive naturally. However, 4 weeks later I got a bfp and I now have two little boys with 17 months between them.

The moral of this story is that, in my opinion, amh/fertility tests cannot tell you if you will conceive or not as all they tell you is how many eggs you have left and not the quality of those eggs. Perhaps bear this in mind. Hopefully you will get a "normal" result anyway but even then it's no guarantee of anything as far as I can see as fertility is a bigger picture and involves things such as lining being ok, no immune problems, open tubes etc etc.

Sorry if I've confused things but I wish I'd known all this when I did the amh test.

Good luck

AwayWithTheFairy Tue 08-Nov-16 18:17:37

Thanks ChattyCat I appreciate you taking the time to reply to my post. I've been warned of the ambiguity of using these fertility tests as a measure of my overall fertility.

I've got terrible family history of fertility it's impressive my generation even exists in my family (both sides) so this is a first dip in the water to understand my chances of conceiving. My older cousins have all struggled to conceive, my mother only managed to have me and I need to know where I stand I guess. Logically I understand the limitations of the test but emotionally it's important. Thanks for the words of warning and for the good luck.

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