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FSH Levels and The Effect On Fertility

Fertility is the result of a number of factors in the body working together.  Physical anatomy and hormonal balance combine to create the ideal situation to become pregnant.  When one or more of these components is abnormal, becoming pregnant can be difficult.


Follicle Stimulating Hormone, commonly referred to as FSH, is one of the most important hormones for fertility.  Produced by the pituitary gland, FSH affects a number of functions including ovulation, regulating menstrual cycles and the production of eggs in a woman’s body.  The level of FSH in a woman’s body is not constant.  FSH levels ebb and flow based on the progress of her menstrual cycle and her age, therefore it is important to take both these factors into consideration when evaluating FSH levels.  FSH levels that are above or below normal levels can hamper fertility.

High FSH Levels

High FSH levels do not cause fertility issues.  The high levels of FSH is the body’s reaction to another issue.  Common causes of high FSH levels include:

  • Low ovarian reserve
  • Low egg quality
  • Menopause
  • Ovarian failure

Many fertility centers believe that women with high FSH levels are poor candidates for fertility treatment.  Women with high FSH levels may not respond well to fertility medication making traditional fertility treatment difficult.  Therefore, some centers may turn women away based on high FSH levels alone.  The team at New Hope Fertility Center believes this is a mistake and does not turn away any woman due to her FSH levels.  Instead, New Hope suggests a minimal stimulation or natural IVF approach that uses little to no fertility medication.

Low FSH Levels

Low FSH levels are a system of health issue rather.  Low levels of the hormone may be a result of:

  • An issue with the pituitary gland
  • Stress
  • Being underweight
  • The absence of egg production

Addressing the underlying health issue will often return FSH levels, and fertility, to normal levels.

Receive additional information on how FSH impacts fertility by contacting New Hope Fertility Center today.  Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank You.

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