Follicle Stimulating Hormone, more commonly known as FSH, is a hormone that has a direct bearing on the menstrual cycle, ovulation, and consequently, your chances of conceiving.
When FSH levels are too low (as may be seen in women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS), or too high (as may be seen in women experiencing premature menopause), it can complicate your ability to become pregnant.
A “normal” FSH level for a woman hoping to conceive is typically below 10mIU/ml. The level of FSH your body produces correlates directly to your ovarian reserve (the quality and quantity of your remaining eggs). As a result, knowing your FSH level can be helpful in predicting how fertile you are.
When your egg quantity and quality begins to dwindle, your body tries to compensate by producing more FSH in an attempt to help stimulate ovarian function. For this reason, higher levels of FSH may infer that menopause is approaching. Low FSH levels can also impact fertility, resulting in a cessation of reproductive cycles.
As you can see, your fertility status is closely tied to your FSH levels. You can easily test your FSH levels, either at home or at the doctor’s office. FSH tests are available to purchase for home use and detect a level of 25mIU/mL or greater. These tests are to be performed beginning on day 3 of your cycle (the 3rd day of menstrual bleeding) and continue through cycle day 5. If you receive a positive at home FSH test, you should visit your doctor for further testing with a blood test. The blood test is done again at the same time as the urine test, beginning on cycle day 3.
Fortunately, there are effective natural approaches that can be taken to help mitigate the effects of increasing FSH on fertility. Vitex, a key ingredient in FertilAid for Women, has been shown in clinical tests to inhibit the release of FSH, with most women experiencing either no increase, or a moderate decrease, in FSH levels over the course of the 6-month study.
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