Endometriosis & Ovarian Reserve

May 16, 2022 | Health & Wellbeing, Hormones

AMH (Anti-Mullerian Hormone) & ENDOMETRIOSIS

Do you have endometriosis? Or have not yet been officially diagnosed, but suffer from terrible periods and pelvic pain. If this is a hard yes! The team at Angea would strongly encourage you to have your AMH tested. 

​​Testing your AMH levels is an important diagnostic when investigating a diagnosis for endometriosis. Studies have revealed correlations between women with low AMH levels and endometriosis. Why does this matter?

AMH otherwise known as Anti-mullerian hormone is a blood test used to measure a woman’s ovarian reserve, AKA your “egg reserve”. ​ AMH is a protein hormone produced by special cells inside the ovarian follicles. Whilst women are born with their lifetime supply of eggs, these gradually decrease in both quality and quantity with age. The AMH test offers an insight into the remaining quantity of eggs but not the quality. 

​➕A low level AMH in young women can indicate a possible diagnosis of endometriosis.
➕AMH levels measured range between 1-50. 
​➕Low AMH levels can possibly indicate endometrioma, endometriotic cysts in the ovaries, deep infiltrating endometriosis or endometriotic lesions that have wrapped around the ovaries.
​➕A study conducted in 2021 highlighted low serum AMH levels are one of the pathogeneses of endometrioma. Sometimes these can be seen on a Specialised  pelvic ultrasound or alternatively diagnosed through laparoscopic surgery.
​➕If your AMH levels fall below 10 and you are aged < 31  we recommend investigating further.

Have you had AMH tested as part of your diagnosis?

Amanda is the founder of Angea and has over 12 years of experience working with women to support their health journey. In addition to being a registered doctor of Chinese medicine, Amanda is a yoga teacher and founder of Mindful Pregnancy Yoga Training. Amanda offers acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and womb healing treatments at Angea.