of getting pregnant after IVF depend on the quality of the embryos, and the
quality of embryos depends on the quality of the eggs. This is why testing for
ovarian function is extremely important before doing an IVF cycle. We know that
patients who have better ovarian function have a higher chance of getting
pregnant, which is why measuring antral follicle count, as well as the AMH
level, is so important.
However, we need
to understand the limitations of these tests. Thus, there are patients with low
AMH levels who do get pregnant after IVF â and there are patients with normal
AMH level who has a poor ovarian response.
quantity and quality of eggs usually go hand in hand, this correlation often
because the quality of the embryo is determined by the energy which the
mitochondria in the cytoplasm of the egg can provide, and this is not something
we can measure based Â on either an AMH level
or an antral follicle count.
there is no test as yet which allows us to assess the mitochondrial competence
of the egg, and this is why an IVF cycle gives us information as regards egg
quality which nothing else can as yet. How good the quality of the embryos is
tells us far more about the quality of the eggs as compared to any other test !