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What Is The Next Step After Having Your FSH Levels Checked?

If you are seeing a fertility expert for trouble with conceiving, there are three main tests that are usually administered to a couple. The first test is a sperm test, which will test the amount and quality of sperm in a man’s semen. The next is a hysterosalpingogram, also known as an HSG, which will test the fallopian tubes to make sure they are not blocked. Finally, is the FSH test. This test will check your FSH levels.

It is important to understand what FSH levels mean. Follicle Stimulating Hormone, which is produced in the pituitary gland, helps to promote the growth of eggs, in the case of women, and sperm, in the case of men. When Follicle Stimulating Hormone levels are too high, it generally indicates a problem with the number of eggs that a woman has on reserve. It has been estimated that only about 1% of women with high Follicle Stimulating Hormone levels will not have problems conceiving. Follicle Stimulating Hormone levels can be checked with a simple blood test. A test of Follicle Stimulating Hormone levels will produce a number. If that number is 10 or below, it is considered average. If that number is between 10 and 25, the levels of Follicle Stimulating Hormone are borderline. If that number is over 25, Follicle Stimulating Hormone are elevated, and the woman may have a great deal of difficulty conceiving.

After having your FSH levels checked, the next step is to determine a treatment plan. If you have elevated levels of FSH, it can indicate a problem with your ovarian reserve. If you do not have enough or any viable eggs, it will not be possible for you to conceive a child with your own eggs. In this case, the next step is most often very aggressive fertility treatment, including the use of donated eggs for In Vitro Fertilization (IFV).

It is also likely that, after having your FSH levels checked, your health care provider might want to do some other tests to determine whether your FSH levels are being affected by another condition, such as PCOS.

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