Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Although she was in her early 30s, Amy Hoffman and her husband Tim knew they wanted to be parents. What they didn’t know, is that it would be a challenge.
The situation would have been apparent with the help of a simple blood test that would have told them not to wait too long before starting a family.
“We definitely always thought that we’d be parents,” she said.
Despite her relative youth, Amy didn’t have many reproductive eggs remaining – a discovery her doctor made after giving Amy an AMH test.
An AMH test is a blood test that can determine roughly how many eggs a woman has at any point in time.
It’s not expensive, but it’s so new that your doctor may not even know about it.
The test can tell you on a score less than .1 – which is the lowest number – up to four or greater, how many eggs you might have left in your ovarian reserve.
You may not know that a woman’s eggs may not necessarily age in tandem with her body. That means it’s possible for a female in her mid 30s to have the eggs of a woman who is much older.
Doctors are finding that many of the women actually have lower ovarian reserve, or a lower number of eggs left than we had ever anticipated.
We’re not sure why, but we’re trying to get more of the young women to at least get the test done so they will know where they stand.
Amy went through In vitro fertilization and became pregnant.
Women without partners can still have an AMH test performed and have their eggs frozen if the test results suggest low counts.