Fertility, the Biological Clock, and the AMH Hormone

October 4, 2017

While slowing down a woman’s biological clock remains as futile as turning back time, reproductive medicine is finding a way to peer inside the clock to gauge just how fast it is ticking.

One such clue is a test measuring anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) concentrations, reflecting the activity of the ovaries during a woman's lifetime and estimating her remaining egg supply. Where a woman falls on this fertility scale may help her learn the likelihood of becoming pregnant now and how that might change in the foreseeable future.

Joely Straseski, PhD, medical director of Endocrinology at ARUP Laboratories, is an AMH researcher.