FSH is a follicle stimulating hormone. It works bystimulating the ovaries to produce mature egg. Only mature eggs can befertilized. FSH determines the chances to get pregnant, by determining thequality of the eggs.
Every single month there is a rise of FSH level in theblood. This rise causes the release of egg follicles from the ovaries and theirtravel through the fallopian tubes. At the same time, there is a decrease ofestrogen levels. These are female sexual hormones, responsible for femalesexual characteristics. After the eggget released, it can be prepared for pregnancy and fertilized or a womanexperience menstrual bleeding. This preparation decreases the FSH and increasesestrogen levels.
High FSH levels indicate that there are some health problemsin the body. High FSH causes low quality of produced eggs. FSH over 25mlu/mlindicates that a woman is in pre-menopause and if it goes up to 50mlu/ml it is adefinite sign of menopause.
Symptoms of high FSH include common menopausal symptoms: hotflushes, sweat, sleeping problems, agitation and headaches. Women could sufferfrom menstrual irregularities, early ovulation or shortened menstrual cycle. Somepatients with high FSH experience lack of cervical mucus, sterility, lethargyand sometimes absence of ovulation.
Apart from the age, high FSH levels are associated with thesmoking, use of alcohol, depression and stress and sometimes factors such as chromosomedefects or loss of ovary function in early age (POF, premature ovarianfailure). Some medical conditions might also cause heightened FSH levels in thebody. These are: autoimmune disorders, hypothyroidism and problems of theadrenal gland.
In some cases, women that had miscarriage, abortion, pelvicsurgery or those who stopped using birth control pills may be more likely todevelop the increase of FSH levels. Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) patientsalso have higher risk than other women to develop high FSH.
Treatment of High FSH
High FSH levels are usually treated with acupuncture. Regularyoga classes and body cleansing are also proven beneficial for these patients.
For balanced hormones it is important to maintain healthykidneys. Because of that you should avoid salt and caffeine and drink plenty of water. Yourbody needs at least 8 glasses of water every day to be properly hydrated. Eatorganic food whenever you can, use nutritional supplements, especially realfruit supplements and you won’t have problems with your fertility.
If you have any questions about your FSH levels, you shouldconsult your doctor.