Any woman approaching her 40s knows that time is not on her side when it comes to fertility. A decade before menopause , her chances for having a child begin to dip. But what if women could pinpoint when they will hit menopause, and figure out exactly how many child-bearing years they have left?
That's what scientists in the Netherlands have done. Reporting in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, they report that a simple blood test, for a hormone called anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH), could help women predict when they will enter menopause, and therefore how to set their fertility timetable.