Stamford, CT (PRWEB) October 02, 2012
Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) is offering free anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) tests for women who want to know more about their fertility – whether they want to get pregnant now or in the future. RMACT’s Fertility Essentials event will start with a short seminar led by a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist about fertility and aging, and how AMH tests are used to gauge a woman’s [reproductive health. The seminar and AMH testing is taking place on October 11, 2012 at 6 p.m. at two of its Connecticut offices: Danbury (67 Sand Pit, suite 300) and Stamford (1290 Summer Street, suite 3200). Preregistration is encouraged: http://www.rmact.com/amh.
http:// AMH is a protein secreted by small follicles in the ovary that decreases gradually over a woman’s reproductive years. AMH levels are measured by a simple blood test that is one of the best markers of a woman’s fertility potential (ovarian reserve). Women interested in fertility testing who come to the RMACT event will have their blood drawn and will receive a phone call from an RMACT nurse with results within 10 business days. Since AMH is not affected by estrogen and other hormones, it can be tested at any point in the menstrual cycle and even in patients on birth control pills. Healthy women under 38 years old typically have AMH levels of 2.0 - 7.0 ng/ml.
“Even women who are generally healthy can struggle to get pregnant,” says Dr. Mark Leondires, medical director of RMACT. “The earlier we know about a fertility issue, the more likely we are able to help them plan for their future family. Many patients in their 30’s and 40’s wish they had known more at a younger age; that is why we decided to offer free AMH testing. This will give women valuable information about their biological clock.”
Women with low AMH levels have several options. If they are considering having a family, they may decide they are ready to start trying. If they are not ready to start a family, they can freeze eggs for the future. Alternatively, they can continue to monitor their egg reserve or seek further testing to get a better understanding of their reproductive health.
Testing AMH levels is widely recognized as a reliable indicator of a woman’s reproductive potential; however, it does not give the full picture. For a more thorough understanding of their fertility, patients should schedule an individual consultation at RMACT that includes a complete diagnostic work up. For women, diagnostic testing includes AMH, follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and hysterosalpingogram (HSG). For men, who contribute to up to 40 percent of infertility issues, diagnostic testing includes semen analysis. Both partners will also discuss their family and medical histories.
About Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT)
RMACT specializes in the treatment of infertility, including assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (CCS). RMACT, Fairfield County’s largest fertility clinic and egg donation center, is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. RMACT has offices in Norwalk, Danbury and Stamford, and affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Putnam and Dutchess counties. RMACT also offers infertility treatment financing and support services through RMACT Integrated Fertility & Wellness Center, such as nutrition counseling, psychological counseling, massage therapy, acupuncture and yoga.
The RMACT team of Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologists includes Drs. Mark P. Leondires, Spencer S. Richlin, Joshua M. Hurwitz and Cynthia M. Murdock. All physicians are members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and the Fairfield County and Connecticut Medical Societies. RMA of CT’s IVF laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and CLIA; other accreditations include the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). For more information visit http://www.RMACT.com or find us on [Facebook.