Balanced hormone levels are an important part of a person’s fertility. One of the hormones evaluated for reproductive health is FSH. When a woman’s FSH levels are too high or too low she will have difficulty becoming pregnant. FSH levels that fall outside of the normal range are not the cause of fertility issues, rather they are an indicator of a fertility problem.
Purpose of FSH
FSH, or follicle stimulating hormone, helps to regulate a woman’s monthly cycle. Additionally, FSH is one of the hormones responsible for the maturation and ovulation of eggs. When hormone levels are outside of normal levels ovulation is interrupted. The level of FSH present in a woman’s body varies based on the phase of her cycle, peaking just before ovulation. The FSH level of women who have entered menopause is higher than that of non-menopausal women.
Low FSH Causes
When a woman has low FSH, it can be indicative of a number of different issues including:
- Being underweight or having an eating disorder
- A woman whose body is not producing eggs
- An issue with the pituitary gland or hypothalamus
- A tumor that is interfering with normal hormone production
Low FSH Treatment
Before you can be treated for low FSH, additional testing may need to be done to identify the root cause of the issue. Treatment options can include:
- Learning to manage and mitigate stress
- Returning to a healthy weight, eating a balanced diet and maintaining a healthy weight for your height
- Treatment with fertility medication to replace the FSH your body is not producing naturally
- Investigating and treating the underlying medical issue in order to restore balance to the body
Each woman’s treatment for low FSH should be based on her specific medical needs. By treating each woman as an individual a medical team is able to achieve high success rates.
Learn more about how FSH plays a role in fertility and how your specific difficulties conceiving can be addressed 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.