High FSH Levels and Infertility

High FSH Levels and Infertility

I’m sure many of you future mothers have heard about FSH, but how many of you know what it really is, what its function is, and what normality is when it comes to FSH levels? Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What is FSH?

In fact, FSH stands for the Follicle Stimulating Hormone, which is a hormone secreted by the pituitary gland at the base of the brain. Its role is to stimulate the growth and release of eggs. A good level of FSH means a good reserve of healthy eggs. As you can see, FSH is an important fertility hormone.

Abnormal FSH levels can cause infertility

Women who have infertility issues might have a FSH test done, because it could indicate whether the level of FSH in the blood is normal, and, as a consequence, they have a good egg reserve or not. If abnormal FSH levels are to blame for infertility, then doctors will recommend different treatments, like in vitro fertilization, using donor eggs or having an intrauterine insemination. Although these are quite extreme measures, they provide high efficiency rates. But that does not mean that all women who have abnormal FSH levels are unable to conceive naturally.

How the FSH test works

A FSH test is usually performed in the first days of your menstrual cycle. A normal level is less than 10, while a level of over 25 is considered abnormal. If you have elevated FSH levels, it could mean that your eggs are not viable, and you must start treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you begin treatment, the sooner you will be able to conceive. If you desperately want to have a baby, but your FSH levels hint to the fact that your egg reserve is not a good one, you should start considering getting an egg donor.

High FSH levels hinder fertility

Unfortunately, FSH levels are quite accurate predictors of fertility. Less than 1% of women with elevated FSH level have a live birth. However, these figures must not discourage you. There are plenty of treatments out there, and, as long as you are young, the chances of having of baby remain high.

Treatments are available

In fact, age is a better predictor of fertility than FSH is. If you are under 43, you have significantly more chances to conceive than women over this age, despite elevated FSH levels. So, do not give up hope. Start fertility treatments immediately, like in vitro fertilization, using donor eggs or having an intrauterine insemination (IUI). Adopt a positive attitude, drink lots of water, eat healthy and make love. Your dream of having a baby might soon come true.

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Monica Scott, BS, RN
Monica Scott, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Scott joined ConceiveEasy after working in prenatal obstetrical care for two years in a private practice before being promoted to Director of Nursing. She has a strong interest in women's health with an emphasis on promoting fertility awareness.