FSH Levels – Rising and Falling

FSH Levels – Rising and Falling

When you are trying to conceive with no positive results, it can be very frustrating. Not being able to conceive is like a curse and couples are usually ready to do anything to find out what the problem is and to solve it. Finding out what the problem is, is no easy feat and can drain you emotionally as well as physically. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

When you approach the doctor, he will carry out certain tests including sperm test for the male and tests to find out if the fallopian tubes are clear and not clogged in anyway. Alongside, he will carry out a test to determine the FSH levels in the female’s body. These levels can actually point out the problem related to fertility and thus, if you are having a problem conceiving, having it checked is ideal.

What is FSH?

FSH stands for Follicle Stimulating Hormone. This hormone is released by the pituitary gland and is not restricted to women. In other words, this hormone is secreted in men also. However, when it comes to conceiving-related issues, the female’s FSH is tested.

The function of this hormone is to keep the eggs healthy and to promote their growth while preparing them for fertilization. The level of this hormone in the female body can affect your fertility very significantly.

Ovarian reserve

The levels of this hormone in the body and the ovarian reserve are related to each other. To say it in simple words, ovarian reserve refers to the number of eggs that are reserved in the female body that can be fertilized and thus lead to pregnancy. FSH levels and the number of eggs are inversely proportional to each other.

This is because low number of eggs will stimulate more production of the hormone because the body has to try harder to develop a follicle. Thus, if the levels of the Follicle Stimulating Hormone are more, the number of eggs or the number of viable eggs in the body is less. Thus, the chances of conceiving will be less to nil.

Elevated levels

In fact studies have shown that women who have elevated levels of FSH have less than 1% chances of getting pregnant naturally. They will need fertility treatments to be able to conceive. Less than one in a hundred women with elevated FSH levels gets pregnant without going for various fertility treatments. Some of these treatments include using donor eggs or going for IVF.

Why FSH levels are tested

This is the reason why FSH levels are tested when you approach the doctor with problems in conception. The test is very basic and very common. A blood test is carried out to find out the FSH levels in the body. The ideal day to carry out this test is on the 3rd day of the menstrual cycle.

This is the reason why the test is also referred to as Day 3 FSH test. A reading of 10 is average. If the reading is above 25, the woman will definitely have a lot of problems with conception and if the reading is between 10 and 25, she is on borderline. She may or may not have problems.

However, it is a fact that the levels will always be going high and low throughout your menstrual cycle. For some, the level might increase in one month and then decrease in the following month. Hence to be absolutely sure that your FSH levels are high, it is ideal to take the test twice or thrice.

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Maureen Stephens, BS, RN
Maureen Stephens, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.