The majority of women don’t think about their egg quality until they start to think about having a family. Most people understand they are born with all their eggs from birth, but that’s about it.
When a baby girl is growing inside her mother’s womb, she has 5-6 million eggs! By the time she is born, 80% of her eggs have already diminished down to 2-3 million. From there she will lose upwards of 1,000 eggs per month until menopause, with the rate of loss increasing after the age of 35.
So how do you test how many eggs you have left when you are trying to conceive?
The AMH test stands for the anti-mullerian hormone and is secreted by the oocytes (eggs). By testing this hormone with a blood test, this gives us the approximate idea of how many viable eggs are left in the ovaries. The results are different based on your age, so make sure to discuss your results with your doctor.
Is there a test for egg quality? – There is no way to assess egg quality, but we know that the quality lessens with a woman’s age.
When are your eggs “in their prime”? – Women have the highest number of good quality eggs and are most fertile in their 20s. For many of us, starting a family is usually on the agenda once we hit our thirties.
Can a woman improve her egg quality? – There are things you can do to maximize egg quality such as a well-balanced diet, not smoking, proper exercise, and maintaining your weight. Also managing your stress levels, as they produce hormones that can affect ovulation.
If you have other questions about egg quality or AMH Levels, send us a DM and we would love to discuss your results.