What is MOT?
While “MOT” is the UK designation for a full-body medical scan, the test is actually known as an Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) or Antral Follicle Count (AFC) test. Essentially, the likelihood of being able to get pregnant is assessed with the test.
How Does it Work in Relation to Fertility?
There are two primary ways to perform the test. It can be done at home, where the patient will send in a pinprick of blood for analysis, or in a medical facility, where they can offer results in as little as one hour. Whatever method is used, the test itself measures the number of eggs, as well as the health of the uterus, ovaries and ovarian follicles. Proponents say that the test is a great proactive measure when it comes to collecting data on getting pregnant, rather than the typical reactive measures they see once a woman is already experiencing difficulties.
Who Does it Benefit?
The MOT test is most recommended for women who are concerned about the likelihood of a successful pregnancy, or for those who aren’t ready to become pregnant but may wish to later in life. As one facility suggests, it is designed to both “highlight any problems you may have” and “to help decide how long to delay” if that is your wish. The test may yield certain results that point toward starting a family earlier. Women with preexisting medical conditions that are known to affect pregnancy may find the test particularly helpful. The MOT test is typically completed within one menstrual cycle.
What are Some Criticisms of the Test?
While the test is non-invasive and carries very little risk (AMH only requires a blood sample and involves simply “counting the eggs”), that does not mean that the efficacy of the test has not been called into question. One specialist reports that as of now, there is “no evidence” that a woman has a need for such a test unless she actually is experiencing problems with fertility. According to Dr. Mathur, there could be emotional risk involved in taking a MOT, and the primary issue with the test currently is that quality of the eggs in question cannot be assessed. As such, the test could be ideal for those seeking IVF. But for those attempting a natural pregnancy, the benefits are less prevalent.
In addition, the test only takes into consideration one-half of the equation in a couples scenario; the abilities of the male partner must still be assessed separately, and relying too heavily on MOT test results can create unnecessary fears or false hopes for all involved.
Is it Right For Me?
While a test like the MOT is most beneficial to those considering IVF, it can also help to simply assuage doubts if you’re a woman wondering about the likelihood of a pregnancy. It won’t assess the quality of the eggs, but it will be able to assess the likelihood of a pregnancy. The test can also be of some use simply in helping you to make, or change if necessary, plans for the future. It may give answers that one needs for better management of personal and professional futures. If you have or have had any of these questions, a MOT test may be right for you.