High FHS levels restricting your chance at pregnancy? Time you seek professional help!
As every treatment process begins with diagnosis, sometimes screening might not show clear results, leaving both the specialist and the couple in a state of dilemma. One of the most common tests that your doctor is likely to recommend is a blood test to measure your FSH level.
If the test indicates elevated FSH levels, it might help you cope with the root cause of infertility. Talking about what FHS is, Dr Gautam Allahbadia, a senior reproductive endocrinologist and a researcher in global assisted reproductive techniques, explains that FSH stands for Follicle Stimulating Hormone, which is produced by the pituitary gland. FSH is one of the most important hormones involved in ovulation, and is responsible for helping your ovaries mature eggs every cycle.
Most people might think that high FHS level is a positive fertility sign, but quite contrastingly, it is not. Elevated FSH levels are usually a sign that your body is working harder than usual to produce and release an egg.
Dr Gautam Allahbadia further intimated that an abnormally high FSH level indicates that a female patient might be experiencing a diminished ovarian reserve or even menopause in women aged 40 or above. FSH is not a cause but a major symptom of infertility, which can also affect the chances of IVF successes.
“Women with elevated FSH often respond poorly to fertility medications, which means that fewer eggs, or poor quality eggs are yielded, and are even susceptible to chromosomal abnormalities. In some cases, IVF may not be recommended, while in other cases, it can help improve a patient’s chance at pregnancy exponentially.” adds the doctor.
For instance, if a 30-35-year-old patient has fewer eggs produced than what is expected, and if the remaining eggs are still of high quality, her chances of a successful pregnancy may be viable. Over the years, Dr Gautam Allahabdia has treated women with diminished or poor ovarian reserve to help them conceive with their own eggs via IVF protocol specifically catering to them.
“By tailoring individualized ovarian stimulation protocols according to the needs of each patient, we offer treatment options for both younger as well as older patients who wish to conceive using their own eggs,” Dr Gautam Allahabdia says.
While high FSH levels indicate that you may have more difficulty in getting pregnant, they don’t mean that you cannot get pregnant. They are just one factor to take into consideration. Fertility experts strongly believe that high FSH levels should not discourage women from opting for IVF, as pregnancy is possible through more individualized treatment options.