Here is an overview of the Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), an important factor for conception.
What is FSH?
FSH is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland. It is responsible for stimulating eggs to grow and release. Women with the right amount of FSH will have a reserve of healthy eggs.
Abnormal FSH Levels and Infertility
Abnormal FSH levels can be an indicator of infertility. Women with low FSH levels may try IVF treatment using infertility medications that contain FSH, such as Follistim 300 IU (Puregon), Menopur 75 IU and Gonal-F 300 IU. However many women with abnormal FSH levels are able to conceive naturally.
Women who have high FSH levels are much more likely to have fertility issues. Less than 1% of them are able to have a live birth.
Your doctor can test your FSH levels, usually during the first days of your menstrual cycle. Normal FSH levels are less than 10. A level higher than 25 is considered abnormal. High FSH levels might mean that your eggs aren’t viable.
Abnormal FSH is fairly common, especially for older women. IVF, donor eggs and intrauterine insemination (IUI) are all treatment options for women with abnormal FSH levels. Talk to your doctor about your options.
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