Dr Gary Swift’s practice focuses on gynaecology and fertility treatment and specialises in complex laparoscopic surgical techniques for diseases affecting fertility with a special interest in endometriosis. Dr Gary Swift is also an Obstetrician has helped many couples plan families with the help of current reproductive medicine and technology. When a couple comes to see Dr Gary Swift and they have been experiencing infertility problems, an Anti-Mullerian Hormone test may be called for initially.
The Anti-Mullerian Hormone test is measured in a blood test, which can be taken at any time within a female’s cycle and any use of contraception has no effect on the results. Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) is secreted by cells in developing egg sacs (follicles). The level of AMH in your blood is a good indicator of your ‘ovarian reserve’ – how many eggs you have remaining. This will then indicate how many more fertile years a woman has left, however it is important to point out that this test does not indicate the quality of those eggs. The Anti-Mullerian Hormone test costs around $65 and the answers are available in 2 weeks. What is being measured in this test is the number of eggs in a woman’s ovaries at that particular moment in her life.
The results of this test are useful to know the ovarian reserve of a woman, and gives direction for what an IVF specialist might then advise in fertility treatments. This will help the couple to know whether it is a good idea to start planning a family now, perhaps freeze the eggs for use later or know that there is a little more time before it is necessary to make those decisions.
Another way it helps a specialist like Dr Gary Swift is it can give an indication on how much dosage of an ovarian stimulant to use, avoiding hyper stimulation of the ovaries and therefore increasing success rate of a couple having the family they have always wanted to have.
Anti-Mullerian Hormone test – Useful if:
If you have been trying to conceive for over six months, if you are considering IVF or other fertility treatments, if you have had chemotherapy or ovarian surgery or if you simply are wanting to conceive now and want to know your current situation then an appointment with a specialist like Dr Gary Swift could give you the answers you are needing to make the best decision forward.