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Acupuncture Can Possibly Help Elevated Or High FSH And Infertility

Acupuncture Treatments May Be Beneficial For Women With Elevated or High FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone) For Infertility

There are many testimonials of women with elevated and high FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) that have been helped with acupuncture.  There are documented cases where the women were diagnosed with premature ovarian failure and/or elevated high fsh levels that improved to normal ranges confirmed by blood tests and the return of their menstruation.

Acupuncture can help elevated FSH and infertility by regulating the organ systems or meridians by placing hair thin sterile disposable needles into acupuncture points along the meridians to regulate hormone and organ functions.

As stated in previous blog post, the patient must find an experienced acupuncturist with clinical success.  Experienced acupuncturist can even help those patients that failed with ART (assisted reproductive technique).

What is FSH?

According to Grover A, Smith CE, Gregory M, et al. Effects of FSH receptor deletion on epididymal tubules and sperm morphology, numbers, and motility. Mol Reprod Dev. Oct 2005;72(2):135-44, the Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) is a glycoprotein gonadotropin secreted by the anterior pituitary in response to gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), which is released by the hypothalamus.  FSH and LH (luteinizing hormone) bind to receptors in the testis and ovary and regulate gonadal function by promoting sex steroid production and gametogenesis

According to Medscape.com, in women the development of the ovarian follicle is largely under FSH control, and the secretion of estrogen from this follicle is dependent on FSH and LH.

High FSH is usually found in women as they reach peri-menopause and then menopause. But even younger women can have a high FSH levels especially the women that have premature ovarian failure (POV), Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), or sometimes failed cycles of ART.  Risk factors for diminished ovarian reserve or High FSH are age, poor medical history of female reproductive system or prior chemotherapy or pelvic radiation treatment.

Diagnosis Of High FSH

A simple blood test can indicate an FSH level, women need to have their FSH levels measured on day 3 of their cycle, high FSH levels diminishes the possibility of conception. Levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) are an indication of how many eggs are left in a woman’s ovaries or the ovarian reserve. A high level means a woman doesn’t have a lot of eggs left, because the body producing more and more FSH in an attempt to stimulate the ovaries.

According to the NIH, In many ART treatment facilities in our country, basal FSH level is often used as a predictor of ovarian function. Results from studies suggest that, even with FSH levels between 10 and 15 IU/l, a woman of less than 40 years of age can achieve pregnancy. Also, basal FSH levels do not reflect the pregnancy potential of the embryo in cases of infertility for a woman less than 40 years of age whose basal FSH level is less than 15 IU/l—if their embryo is collectable.
The bottom line is that acupuncture may be an option for patients to use to lower the FSH and therefore improve their ovarian reserve for follicle development and egg quality.  Make sure you read the previous post as mention above to find the right acupuncturist for you.  Acupuncture can only enhance and improve the possibility of improving your high FSH for improving fertility.