High FSH levels are often an indication of a fertility issue. The elevated FSH levels are not the cause of infertility, rather the elevated level is the symptom of another health concern. Women that have high FSH levels are often turned away from fertility treatment centers. This is due to a belief that women with elevated FSH levels are difficult to treat. This is not the case, when fertility treatment is tailored to a woman’s needs, it is possible to become pregnant even with a FSH level that is above normal levels.
Purpose of FSH
FSH, follicle stimulating hormone, is naturally produced by the pituitary gland. This hormone serves multiple purposes during reproduction including stimulating the growth of follicles and maturing eggs in preparation for ovulation.
FSH levels differ due to a woman’s age and where she is in her cycle. As a woman ages, the level of FSH increases. This is a natural response due to the woman’s eggs aging and the number of eggs she has available decreases. Women who have elevated FSH levels may have a number of issues including:
- Pituitary gland issues
- Ovarian failure
- Low ovarian reserve
The first step to treat fertility concerns in women with higher than normal FSH levels is to discover the root cause of the issue. Once identified, a treatment plan that is tailored to each woman’s needs may be developed. Because women with high FSH levels may not respond well to fertility medication, a minimal stimulation approach is often best.
Minimal stimulation IVF treatment uses little to no fertility medication. Only the exact level of medication that a woman needs to support her fertility is used. In contrast to traditional IVF treatment where multiple injections of medication is necessary, minimal stimulation IVF treatment uses no more than three injections in combination with oral medication. Natural IVF cycles harvest the one egg a woman produces naturally without any fertility medication.
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