Age-specific blood levels of the Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) can predict when women will reach menopause, say researchers.
The study included 257 healthy women who were monitored for as long as eleven years.
The Dutch researchers linked AMH levels to the point when the women entered menopause and based on these data constructed a model to predict the menopausal age.
Using age and AMH, the age range in which menopause will occur can be individually predicted.
The research was conducted under the leadership of gynecologists Professor Frank Broekmans and Professor Bart Fauser. “Women often postpone having children until their career has been well established. However they may find that it is difficult to get pregnant at this time. It could therefore be very useful for women to know beforehand up to which age they remain fertile. As far as we know, we are the first researchers worldwide to succeed in making long term predictions for individual women”, the gynecologists say.
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