Normal serum anti-Müllerian hormone levels in the general female population and the relationship with reproductive history

Antonio La Marca, Elena Spada, Valentina Grisendi, Cindy Argento, Enrico Papaleo, Silvano Milani, Annibale Volpe

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Abstract

Objective: Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) has been evaluated by several groups as a potential novel clinical marker of ovarian reserve. Considering the wide use of AMH measurement in daily clinical practice and the large number of conditions in which it may be used, it is essential to establish reference values in the healthy female population. In this study we aim to calculate the age-by-age normal values of circulating AMH. In addition, we report on AMH levels in women according to BMI, smoking status and reproductive history. Study design: The study was performed at the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Modena, between January 2008 and December 2010. A total of 416 healthy women (aged 18-51) were recruited and serum AMH levels were measured for all of them. The centiles of AMH distribution were estimated with the CG-LMS method. The relationship between AMH levels and the womens' characteristics such as BMI, smoking status and reproductive history was analysed by using the uni- and multi-variable regression analysis and the Chi-square test. Results: Serum AMH concentrations show a progressive decline with female ageing. Age-related nomograms for the 5th, 25th, 50th, 75th, and 95th percentiles of AMH were produced. Mean AMH concentrations were not modified by smoking habit and BMI and were independent of parity of the women. Conclusion: In the present study, we established age-specific reference values for circulating AMH levels in the eumenorrheic female population. AMH measurement produces new information on ovarian pathophysiology and ovarian reserve and the establishment of reference values for AMH is the first step for a correct interpretation of the assay.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-184
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Volume163
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012

Keywords

  • AMH
  • BMI
  • Healthy women
  • Reproductive history
  • Smoking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Reproductive Medicine

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