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Anti-Müllerian hormone as a predictor of reproductive potential

Hawkins Bressler, Leaha; Steiner, Anneb

Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity: December 2018 - Volume 25 - Issue 6 - p 385–390
doi: 10.1097/MED.0000000000000440
REPRODUCTIVE ENDOCRINOLOGY: Edited by Wendy Kuohung

Purpose of review Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH), a marker of ovarian reserve, declines over a woman's reproductive lifespan. AMH is highly correlated with a woman's age and number of primordial ovarian follicles, and has been shown to predict time to menopause in women in their 40s. For these reasons, it was assumed that AMH levels could predict a woman's reproductive potential or serve as a ‘fertility test’. Recently, studies have sought to determine the association between AMH and fertility.

Recent findings Although a small, prospective, time-to-pregnancy study of 98 women suggested that an AMH level less than 0.7 ng/ml was associated with lower day-specific probabilities of conception, the follow-up, larger cohort did not identify an association with AMH and fecundability. Women with AMH values less than 0.7 ng/ml had similar pregnancy rates after 12 cycles of attempting to conceive as women with normal AMH values after adjusting for age. Four additional studies, including a secondary analysis of the NICHD EAGER trial including over 1200 women confirmed these findings.

Summary Although AMH is a marker of ovarian reserve, existing literature does not support the use of AMH as a marker of reproductive potential in the general population.

aDivision of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill

bDepartment of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA

Correspondence to Leah Hawkins Bressler, UNC Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, 4001 Old Clinic Bldg, CB # 7570, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA. Tel: +1 919 966 5283; fax: +1 919 966 5214; e-mail: leah_bressler@med.unc.edu

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