FSH Levels and Your Fertility

FSH Levels and Your Fertility

In both men and women, having a balanced level of hormones is essential to proper fertility. FSH, or follicle-stimulating hormone, is a naturally occurring hormone that is made by the pituitary gland in the body.

If the FSH levels are either low or high, it is a clear indicator that something is out of balance within the reproductive system and may be causing issues with the couple being able to conceive. While FSH levels are used to determine if there is an imbalance, low or high FSH is not the direct cause of fertility issues, just a sign that there may be one.

FSH in Women

Doctors believe a level higher than 10-15mIU/ml may indicate diminished fertility or diminished ovarian reserve.

For women, follicle-stimulating hormones help to control and regulate the woman’s menstrual cycle and is also partially responsible for the production of ova, or eggs, in the ovaries. It is normal for a woman’s FSH levels to vary throughout her usual monthly cycle, with there being a spike in the levels immediately before ovulation.

However, if FSH levels are generally too high or too low, it can signal fertility issues for the woman which can prevent conception from occurring. For menstruating women, the normal FSH levels during the follicular or luteal phase should range between 5 and 20 IU/L (international units per liter). Right before ovulation during the mid-cycle peak, FSH levels should be between 30 and 50 IU/L. If a woman is post-menopausal, her FSH levels will be naturally higher, at 60 IU/L or more.

At about the age of 40, most women begin a new phase of life and hormone changes begin to take place in preparation for menopause. The ovaries begin to lose their ability to produce mature follicles, estrogen and progesterone. This may be signaled by higher levels of FSH.

High levels of FSH in women is a signal of a loss of, or poor ovarian function, polycystic ovary syndrome or can indicate that menopause has begun or is currently taking place. All of these conditions will have a negative impact on fertility. Low levels of the hormone can indicate that eggs are not being produced, that the pituitary gland is not functioning correctly, that there are significant levels of stress present or that the person is severely underweight which is causing problems to occur.

FSH in Men

It is also essential for men to have normal levels of the FSH hormone. An imbalance of this hormone in men can also contribute to infertility, so if a couple is having trouble conceiving it may be wise to have the FSH levels tested in both. For men, FSH controls sperm production which is of course essential to fertility.

Unlike women, a man’s FSH levels remain relatively constant rather than fluctuating throughout the month. Typically, a man’s follicle-stimulating hormone levels should be between 5 and 15 IU/L. High levels of FSH in a male could indicate that the testicles are not functioning properly, or may have been damaged by some condition. They can also indicate the presence of Klinefelter syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes the presence of too many X chromosomes in the male. Low levels of FSH usually indicate that sperm is not being produced.

How Do You Know If Your FSH Levels Are High or Low?

FSH Fertility LevelsFSH levels are determined by a blood test which is usually combined with other tests to diagnose hormonal levels which may show reproductive problems such as low sperm counts, lack of menses, or ovulation.

A low level of FSH may indicate an imbalance in the pituitary or hypothalamus.

A high FSH level may indicate an imbalance with the testes or ovaries functioning properly.

In women, the FSH test (it is a blood test) is taken on the 3rd day of the menstrual period. Doctors believe level higher than 10-15mIU/ml may indicate diminished fertility or diminished ovarian reserve.

When looking at an imbalance such as high FSH or low FSH holistically, remember that these are hormones are secreted and regulated by the endocrine system (hypothalamus, pituitary, ovaries, testes) It is not that imbalanced FSH levels are the problem, it is the health and current state of the endocrine system that needs to be looked at.

Both FSH and LH secretion are affected by the hormonal balance of other hormones in the body and vice versa. High doses of estrogen or testosterone therapy/medications have been shown to suppress FSH and LH.

What Can Cause FSH Levels to Become Imbalanced?

The possible causes for low or high FSH are many, so it is hard to give a reason why FSH levels may be high or low. In the holistic world we do not look at the FSH levels as the “cause” of the fertility issues, but more as a result of an underlying imbalance. Imbalances such as these are a signal or sign that the body is out of balance.

When it comes to hormones, it is a delicate balancing act. The glandular system is one of the most important and complex system in the body. It can be easy to get caught up in wanting to increase one hormone so your levels are back to normal. The problem that can occur with this approach is a hormone in another area, which is just as important as the first, may become out of balance as a result. This is why natural therapies can be so helpful. They are complementary, and help to support the body instead of forcing it into an action or adding one hormone.

Natural Therapies For Low FSH and High FSH

Herbs for Fertility and FSHWhat we focus on is helping the body to function at its best. In this case supporting the hormonal glands, helping the body to rid itself of excess hormones, and maintaining a healthy weight. These therapies can be used by themselves or in conjunction with medical therapies. Talk to your doctor about this first if you are taking hormonal drugs.

Support the Pituitary and Hypothalamus Glands Through Nutrition

Good Nutrition Supports a Healthy Pituitary and hypothalamus Gland- Nutrition for the Hypothalamus

Insulin resistance and blood sugar levels have a big impact on the endocrine system and hormone levels. This is one of the reason maintaining a healthy weight is important for healthy hormonal function. Following the Natural Fertility Diet to make sure you are getting proper nutrients in your diet will help a lot. Here are some specific nutrients and foods you should incorporate into your diet:

EFA’s
The hypothalamus is fed by essential fatty acids (EFA’s) and other nutrients. The glandular system utilizes essential fatty acids to produce hormones. If you are deficient, the body doesn’t have the building blocks to make the proper hormones. A sign that you may not have enough EFA’s in your system is if you have dry skin and hair.

Sea Vegetables and dark greens
Sea vegetables such as kelp, nori, and wakimi contain large amounts of minerals which are essential for endocrine health. You can eat these in a salad, with sushi, they even come in dried strips that you can eat right out of the package.

Bee Pollen
Bee pollen is one of the most nutrient dense foods you can eat. It contains proteins, mineral, vitamins, immune system compounds, and much more.

Spirulina
Spirulina is a dense green food which contains a lot of minerals and protiens, essential foods for the endocrine system Magnesium and Potassium.

Herbs to Help Support and Nourish

American ginseng root

Adaptogen herbs are some of the best therapies to support the endocrine system, the pituitary and hypothalamus specifically. They contain no hormones but have a nourishing and balancing effect on the pituitary and hypothalamus. This in turn helps to balance the delicate hormonal system which in turn causes FSH, LH, Progesterone, Testosterone, etc. to be secreted in proper amounts at the correct times. Think of adaptogens and pituitary and hypothalamus food. They can be taken for long periods of time and their effects can be life changing. Remember as with most herbs, they should be taken for at least 3 months before you see the results you seek, and may need to be continued long-term.

Panax and American Ginseng
These herbs are adapotgenic and help to nourish and support the hypothalamus and pituitary gland (and all the glands in the endocrine system). Ginseng is generally used by men to help with low FSH levels, low testosterone, or other hormonal imbalances.

Maca
Maca is an adaptogen herb that has an effect on the endocrine system as well.In women, maca works by controlling estrogen in the body. Estrogen levels that are high or low at the wrong time can keep a woman from becoming pregnant or keep her from carrying to term. Excess estrogen levels also cause progesterone levels to become too low. Taking maca may help to increase the progesterone levels which are essential to carrying a healthy pregnancy.

Estrogen in men produces erectile dysfunction or lack of libido, low sperm count, and lowered production of seminal fluid. Men who use maca have been seen to have an increased libido and healthy sperm.

Vitex
Vitex encorages luteinizing hormone production while mildly inhibiting the release of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). This indirectly boosts progesterone production and chances of achieving and maintaining a successful pregnancy.

Vitex decreases high prolactin levels, which are associated with breast pain. Prolactin is a hormone that stimulates milk production and breast growth during pregnancy. High levels in the absence of pregnancy are often the result of a very common women’s endocrine’s disorder called hyperprolactinemia. High prolactin levels are also linked to fertility problems.

Vitex is an incredible hormone balancer, which adapts to women’s different needs.

Natural Body Therapies

Acupuncture
Acupuncture normalizes the dysfunction of the Hypothalamus- Pituitary – Ovarian Axis. This improves ovarian function creating more follicles, and better egg production. It has also been suggested that the concentrations of central opioids may regulate the function of the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis via the central sympathetic system, and that a hyperactive sympathetic system in anovulatory patients could be normalized by ElectroAcupuncture (Chen and Yin, 1991). It has been assumed that various disorders in the autonomic nervous system, such as hormonal disturbances, may be normalized during auricular acupuncture (Gerhard and Postneck, 1992). http://www.acubalance.ca/Research_Articles-IVF-ART .

Fertility Massage
Massage encourages a healthy communication between the pituitary, hypothalamus, and ovaries. This is called the “feedback loop”. It controls the levels of hormones produced in the body. By massaging the ovaries and including the stress relieving benefits of massage, a healthier balance can be found in the body. In Self Fertility Massage™ the liver is also massaged, which is another important organ for hormonal balance.

Promote hormonal balance

Too much estrogen or testosterone can cause FSH levels to be low. Cleansing the liver is one of the best things you can do for your hormonal health. The liver is responsible for taking the excess hormones from the body which are then excreted through elimination. Liver supporting herbs help the liver to function optimally so excess hormones are not circulating in the blood. Fertility cleansing is one of the best ways to cleanse your liver.

Maintain a Healthy Weight

Being underweight and overweight can cause FSH levels to be off. Being 10% below the ideal body weight can cause FSH levels to be low and cause many other fertility issues. Being overweight can also effect FSH and hormonal levels. The Natural Fertility Diet is a healthy way to move towards a healthy weight.

Reduce Stress

The release of stress hormones has a big impact on hormonal balance and health. If you are constantly stressed out, stress hormones are released and general hormone production is reduced. Taking steps to reduce your stress through yoga, meditation, prayer, massage, exercise can help to keep your hormonal system healthy.


References:
1. Serge A Jabbour, MD. Follicle-Stimulating Hormone Abnormalities. Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Thomas Jefferson University Aug 30, 2007
2. Aso T, Motohashi T, Murata M, Nishimura T, Kakizaki K. The influence of acupuncture stimulation on plasma levels of LH, FSH, progesterone and estradiol in normally ovulating women. Am J Chin Med. 1976 WINTER;4(4):391-401.
3. Yu J, Zheng HM, Ping SM.Changes in serum FSH, LH and ovarian follicular growth during electroacupuncture for induction of ovulation. Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Za Zhi. 1989 Apr;9(4):199-202, 195.
4. Mo X, Li D, Pu Y, Xi G, Le X, Fu Z. Clinical studies on the mechanism for acupuncture stimulation of ovulation. J Tradit Chin Med. 1993 Jun;13(2):115-9.

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  1. has anybody with primary amenohrea been able to get pregnant i.e high level of LH and FSH, if yes how ,cos i need help

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Angela!

      I am very sorry you are faced with this challenge!

      Might I suggest a Fertility Consultation? Through a Fertility Consultation, you will be able to give our fertility herbalists a clear holistic perspective on your situation to analyze and assess properly. It is helpful for her to know your lifestyle, health history, fertility challenges and detailed questions.

      The guidance and support of others on this journey can prove to be invaluable and I hope you have wonderful support on your journey! It is important to remember however that one women’s journey to conception is not going to be the same as that of another. Your fertility needs, given the unique woman you are, are very likely to be different than that of another woman with the very same issue.

      A Fertility Consultation would offer you personalized guidance. I hope you will consider one!

      Best wishes!

  2. Please give any suggestion for having my own child. I have infected with TB in 1998 present my age is 36 but i don’t have child 3 years back i got married my semen report is 0 azoospermia Non obstructive FSH, LH, Prolactin also not normal that is 42,8,4 please give any suggestion for having my own child

    • Hi Vish,

      Your comment is a little hard to understand, this may be due to a language difference. Thank you for contacting us. First, are you posting results for both you (female) and your partner/husband (male)? When you say 0 azoospermia, do you mean he has azoospermia with 0 live sperm?

      You can learn more about treatment options for azoospermia here: http://natural-fertility-info.com/treatment-of-azoospermia.html

      Has the TB damaged your reproductive organs? Fallopian tubes, ovaries?? This may be the cause for poor hormone test results.
      If you desire personalized guidance, I urge you to learn more about our consultation program. This program can help you to learn specific natural options, including guidance on supportive communication with your doctor, so you can optimize your chances of a successful pregnancy.

  3. Update 2014 – We are back! We have been away for a while and we sure have missed all of your wonderful questions and thoughts on our articles. Moving forward, one of our staff herbalists will be here to respond to comments! We look forward to connecting with our readers once again!

  4. Hello, i ve been married for 9years, had three IVF last year, two was successful but had no heart beat at eight weeks, i was told to go for PGD, i want to order for fertility cleanse and fallopian wise, so that i can try naturally. do u ship to Nigeria and how long does it take.
    Thanks

  5. hello Hethir,
    I’m 34 and have been diagnosed as having high FSH. My lowest was 10.2 and highest 21. I have undertaken some fertility treatments (drugs+iui) and now my specialist is recommending IVF. We have decided to do that in October so i have time to prepare my body. I will also be undertaking acupuncture and following the fertility diet. What products would you recommend to help me in my preparation? I want to improve the quality of my eggs, my lining and get my body ready so we can be successful on this first and last try. thanks.

  6. Hi, I am 43 and my test results are as follows:
    E2 138.64 pmol/LI
    FSH 13.65 mIU/ml
    LH 4.01 mIU/ml
    Prolactin 23.99 ng/ml
    TSH 1.96 uIU/ml

    My last period was on 28th February 2012 when the tests were run. I have not had one since. I am experiencing hot flashes. I am trying to conceive naturally. Is it possible to become pregnant with above results? What should I do to increase my chances of getting pregant? My tubes are fine. Is fertility cleasing appropriate for my situation. I am doing acupuncture and massage. Please help.

    Thank you

  7. hi,i am 23 years of age,i am married from last 7 months,now i want to have a baby,i have irregular periods,doctors told me that i have pcod problem,i have a harmonal test on day 2 of my period,results showed me
    ESR=42 mm/1st hour
    t3=125 ng/dl
    t4=7.45 ug/dl
    tsh=1.44 uIU/ml
    fsh=6.40 mIU/ml
    lh=5.70 mIU/ml
    prl=7.80 ng/ml
    dheas= 130.10 ug/dl
    testosterene=42.61 ng/dl
    now with these can i become pregnant? is every thing normal? or else i have any problem? pls suggest an answer
    thank u.

  8. i m 25..my fsh level is140 and lh is 130…..my periods are very irregular from 2-3 yrs…..know my ayurvedic medicines are going on…should i try vitex with ayurvedic medicines….i want 2 be pregnant by naturally…pls suggest

  9. Hi..,

    I am 33 years old women who had undergone a hysterectomy ( ovaries speared) due to cervical pregnancy. And we would like to have a baby from Surrogacy.

    Medical History :

    *2008 Nov 18th – Hysterectomy done due to cervical pregnancy and failed to control bleeding

    *2011 Aug 13th – Pelvic ultrasound done with following results
    Both ovaries appear normal and right ovary shows a follicle of 11mm
    No free fluid/collection seen in cul-de-sac/RIF

    * I had birth control pills and day three of stopping the pills had a blood test and scan on 2012 May. Results as follows.
    Left Overy : Eco pattern with few small follicles, larger one is 6.5mm

    Estrodiol : 24.26 pg/ml
    FSH : 0.52 mlu/ml
    LH : 0.36mlu/ml
    Prolactine : 440 ulu/ml

    Please advise whether i can consider to go for surrogacy. Is FSH and LH too low?What can i do to make it increase?

    Thank you.

  10. Hello!
    I will be 36 y.o on Sunday, and found out through a recent laparoscopy that I have severe endometriosis. It was treated, but the Dr. didn’t treat what I had on my fallopian tubes or ovaries (since I want children). I also found out my FSH level is a bit elevated at 12. My Doctor is starting me on Clomid during my next cycle, which should be the first week of May. I’m interested in further helping my chances naturally, but read that I shouldn’t do a cleanse while on clomid. Any suggestions for me? Oh, and I also want to say, I don’t have any children, and had 2 miscarriages when I was 27 during a previous marriage. Thank you in advance for any help you could offer me!!

  11. hay i am fakhar my wife facing a problem with high level of FSH. Our date of marrage is 16. July 2011 still menses came onyl one time .
    I am very worried about her health.

  12. Hi,
    I am 30 years old, have had irregular periods for 5 years. I had too much stress my whole life. Now I suffer from bad symptoms such as hair loss, low libido, depression and tiredness.
    Now I was diagnosed with Pcos. It seems that my FSH levels are low.
    Since I don’t want to go with pills, I try to cure my body with natural treatments. I found the information on your website useful and decided to buy the cleansing kit.
    Just some questions?
    1- What happens if I use your kit combined with other herbal treatments that I am following?
    2- Are your herbs 100% natural, organic, not GMO ?

  13. Hi,
    I am now 40 years, I gone through all the tests like FSH, LH, Estradiol, AMH, tube test. My follicle tubes are normal. My FSH level is 19.8 U/ml on day3 and AMH is too 0,18%. My period cycle is 24 to 28 days normal. Doctor told that it is not possible for me to get pregnent due to low AMH. Now I am taking ayurvedic medicine, Virechana. By taking ayurvedic medicine can I get pregnant?
    Please tell me will I become a mother?
    Thank you

  14. Thanks for a fantastic site. I’m 27 and recently tested high for testosterone, androstenedione, progesterone, shbg and, most worrying for me, fsh (13 on first test, 10.7 last month.) Estradiol and lh both normal. I’m single and not trying to conceive at the moment but would dearly love to someday! I have no symptoms and have never missed a period so I was shocked to discover I may have something serious, and potentially irreversible wrong.
    I have started taking chromium, royal jelly, omega-3, wheatgrass and maca supplements and I already ate really healthily and run 2 miles a day. I am starting accupuncture next week too. Will see an endocrinologist in May.
    I guess my question is what else can i do? I’m willing to try anything!

  15. Hi! My name is Brooke and I am 35 and ttc #1 for a couple of months. My periods are pretty regular (33 days) though in the past year, I’ve had two that were delayed by about 7 days (not pregnant). They were also preceded by 12ish hours of very, very light spotting (only when I wiped did I see pink). Low progesterone? Those are the only times I’ve spottted like that (when they were delayed).
    Since I’ve just started trying, not sure if there are any issues yet-what would you recommend I take to support my hormones, and/or endocrine system at this stage for optimal health while trying to conceive?
    Additional info for Brooke: I should add that I’ve had irregular periods most of my life and I did conceive in my mid twenties (during irregular menstruation) but it ended in mc and I went back on pill to avoid that and regulate cycles. I last went off pill at age 32 and went a whole year w/o a period (stressful life during this time) but when I moved to my home state, I started menstruating regularly Aug 2010 and have since then, w/ the exception of the two delayed periods. Not sure if it’s stress or what…hopefully NOT perimenopause. :(

    Thank you!

    • Hi Brooke,

      In general it sounds like you are doing well. If you are just looking to support a your body in a healthy way, support hormonal balance, eat well, ect., a good protocol may be…

      Fertility Diet, including Fertility Smoothies with Fertility Superfoods (maca, royal jelly, whey protein, greens)
      Whole food Multivitamin
      Exercise
      Omega EFA such as Cod Liver Oil
      Positive, healthy lifestyle choices

      You may find that our Top 5 Tips for Your Natural Fertility Plan may be helpful in getting you headed in the right direction.

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  16. Hi,
    My wife is 25, had regular periods till age of 23, went on pill for 18 months and after she came off it she had irregular periods and without pills she is not able to get the cycle. Her FSH levels are elevated 44 while LH , prolactin , fallopian tubes, uterus is all normal. no throid also. we were told it is POF and we might have to consider donor eggs. she is now taking mild estrogen and porogestin oral pills to get the cycle so that we can try to get preggo naturally.

    we believe due to high FSH the adequate estrogen is not secreting as she is not ovulating . the periods are caused by withdrawal.

    would vitex be apt for us considering that LH is normal and we have insufficient estrogen levels . besides we are taking pills for regulating the cycle.

    she has been taking wheatgrass for the last 3 months . we would not want to stop the pills as we are afraid the uterus might get impacted if we dont nourish with the required estrogen supplements. please suggest is there a way out?

    we dont want to go the donor egg route now…

    • Hi Prashley,

      I am sorry to hear of your wife’s difficult diagnosis at such a young age. If you do not want to go through cycles using medications that contain synthetic hormones, which is sounds like may have contributed to her issues now, you should find a practitioner in your area that is an expert with natural healing methods. A naturopathic physician would be best. You can learn more about premature ovarian failure here: http://natural-fertility-info.com/premature-ovarian-failure.html

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  17. Hi,

    Am having very big problem for Menstrual cycle. It’s not at all regular. If am taking medicines means, its coming. otherwise no. My FSH is too low. only 4. Doctors said, there is no way to increase FSH. Am 22 years old. Kindly tell me, how to balance both FSH and LH for the regular menstrual cycle. It would be great if you give me good contact and solution.

    Thanks in Advance!!!

    • Hi Mani,

      I am sorry to hear of the difficult challenges you are facing. Did your doctor have an explanation for you as to why your body is not producing FSH or LH? From a holistic health care perspective we find that in general it is best to support the systems of the body that produce and manage hormones through proper diet, exercise and sometime herbs and supplements. If there is an actual physical cause for the problem such as a tumor or genetic birth defect or injury, natural remedies often do little to aid the body in healing those aspects of damage. Please talk to your doctor about the causes of this issue. Tribulus has been found to increase serum FSH in some women, so you may want to look into learning more about that herb.

      It sounds like you may need to see a reproductive endocrinologist in your area.

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  18. I am 44 years old, my FSH test was 0.3, am I still capable of getting pregnant? I have been taking prenatal supplements, folic acid and my husband and I have been trying now for a couple of months. I ovulated on the 16th of January. I began bleeding on January 31 for a day and 1/2 it was bright red blood with some clots, then it stopped. I was supposed to begin my period on February 3-4th, should I take a pregnancy test and if so, when?

    • Hi Leasa,

      Based on the information provided, there is no way for me to say if you will be able to have children or not. With such low FSH levels it may be very difficult for you to get pregnant. You could test now, I know this post is a bit old, I apologize for the delay.

      All the best,

      Dalene

  19. Hello Brittney Klein,

    Not to alarm you but it sounds that your endocrinologist is on the right path to figuring out what is going on. Hair loss, no lh/fsh, no periods and your body not feeling the way it use to…sounds like you have hypopituitarism. I may be wrong but google it, look at the symptoms and see if they match what is going on with you. If you do have it be rest assured that a doctor will get you back to feeling more yourself and if you desire to have a child it is possible with the help of an RE. I’m not a doctor I have hypopituitarism myself and have been in the same situation with this rare disease. I wish you all the luck in the world

  20. had a hysterectomy 3 years ago at 41. had considered gestational surrogacy then but ran into several financial issues with it. At my current age of 44 is it still a possibility?

  21. Hello there!
    I have somewhat of a mysterious case. Different from most of the other cases I have read so far on this site..desperately seeking answers or a way to help with what I’m dealing with. I am a 23yo female who does not get regular cycles, lucky to get them maybe 3 times a year. First period was at the age of 17 (2005)…that’s pretty late. I went on oral contraceptives(OTC) to help clear up some acne at that time but only stayed on it for a month due to extreme water weight gain. Joined the service a few months later, was again put on oral contraceptives(OTC yet again) in April of 2007, switched to Yaz two months later and stayed on that until September of 2007 which was when I was taken off of it and got Mirena instead. This is where disastrous things happened, though doctors say Mirena had nothing to do with it. I don’t believe that for one second. By the very next month my hair started thinning, and by Christmas, which was only 4 months later, I had lost a good 50% of my hair. Just a general thinning all over, primarily at the crown. I had just turned 20 at this point, WAY too young to have that happen! There was nothing in my life that I had done differently except for that IUD. It also stopped periods completely. Zip zero zilch. Emotions were like a roller coaster, fine one minute and then feeling like I was LITERALLY losing my mind, as in needed to see a doctor. Now, I am quite honestly one of the happiest people I know, these emotions were completely out of the ordinary and I knew something wasn’t right. I came across several thousand different posts about the effects of Mirena and in June of 2010 I had it taken out. I swore to never take hormones after that. I waited to see a change, and while I became the happy go lucky person I once was, my body, even to this day, doesn’t seem to have recovered. No hair growth, no periods. So 2.5 months ago, this past November, I was put on Yaz again to see if it would help with the situation. I have been working with dermatologists, gynecologists, and endocrinologists ever since then as well and they are trying to figure out this mystery but are not having much luck. Physically, everything is fine. Ultrasound showed that everything was as it should be. So then we moved onto bloodwork. Testosterone was normal, as well as Prolactin and TSH levels. Estrogen was low. So they moved on to find that my LH and FSH levels are extremely low, basically nonexistent. LH was <0.1 and FSH was at 0.4. With that information, if my hypothalamus/pituitary glads are not functioning properly and therefore leading to no estrogen production which therefore leads to no periods…what to do? I have recently been reading up on raw food diets and the dangers of using any product other that what nature has to offer..I do not want to stay on Yaz if I don't have to. The only benefit I am getting from it is monthly cycles. It has not helped with the hair situation whatsoever, and I just read that taking oral contraceptives for a hormone problem could cause problems in other areas. I am honestly as lost as I think I ever could be. The endocrinologist has an MRI ordered for the first of February to make sure there is no blockage of the pituitary; he doubts that there will be because they are quite rare. But if that holds to be true, that there is no blockage, then that only leads to more of a mystery as to why my body is not functioning the way it should be! Any help or input I would be forever grateful for!!

    • Hi Brittney Klein,

      Fertility super foods and adaptogen herbs greatly support endocrine function. Adaptogen Herbs for Protecting and Nourishing the Endocrine System
      Adaptogen is one of the many definitions for the therapeutic action a plant has. Adaptogen herbs are nourishing to the entire endocrine system. Adaptogens increase resistance to mind-body stress , enhance overall vitality and health. Plants recognized as adaptogens help to normalize the bodies functions even during diseased states, are non-toxic, nutritive, and have been deemed safe for long term use.

      The following herbs and supplements may help to support proper endocrine function…
      Adaptogen herbs that support endocrine system function:
      -Maca Lepidium meyenii
      -Ashwaganda Withania somnifera
      -Schizandra Schizandra chinensis
      -Holy Basil/Tulsi Ocimum sanctum
      -Licorice Glycyrrhiza spp.
      -American Ginseng Panax quinquefolius
      -Eleuthero, formerly known as Siberian Ginseng Eleutherococcus senticosus
      -Gotu Kola Centella asiatica

      Other Important Supplements for Overall Endocrine Function
      -Whole food multivitamin
      -Royal Jelly
      -Reishi mushroom Ganoderma lucidum
      -Shitaki mushroom Lentinula edodes

      The above list is an excerpt from an article about endocrine system function and it’s role in fertility. You can read it here, it may help you to understand what may be going on, Endocrinology and Fertility: The Endocrine System is Vital for Reproductive Health

      I also think you will find that learning how birth control methods, that contain synthetic hormones can affect your fertility, is important. We have a great article to help you recover from long-term birth control use at this link: http://natural-fertility-info.com/birth-control-fertility.html

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  22. Hello Dalene

    I’m 37, and TTC for more than 1 year. We are hoping to get pregnant as natural as possible, but nothing happened yet. I just took blood test on day 3 last week, and the result came back with high Prolactin (34.1), other levels were normal (TSH=0.9, FSH=6.9, LH=4.4, and Estradiol=111.) Also, Dr. told me that the result of ultra sound was good.

    As you recommended, I started to take Vitex and hope to get lower the level. My periods cycle is 27~31 days, but my basal temp goes up very slowly after ovulation, and also short high Temp. phase.

    I’m starting acupuncture, also doing hot yoga once a week.

    I would like to ask you if there are something I can do more, and also if I should stop the Vitex when my Dr. prescribes medication for hyperprolactinemia on the next appointment in March 2012? (I’m not sure if my Dr. suggest me to take meds at this point.)

    Thanks

    • Hi Hope,

      Vitex is an herb that required consistency of use and patience. Vitex is best taken for 6-12 months consistently. We do NOT suggest it be taken with medications for fertility, including ones for hyperprolactinemia. Because I am not sure how long you have been taking Vitex, I cannot say for sure what may be going on, or which direction you may want to go from here. A lot of information regarding your situation is lacking for me to answer properly. Have you considered our consultations, if not, learn about them here: http://natural-fertility-info.com/natural-fertility-email-consultations

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  23. Hi i am akshay( Male ), i am suffering witha big problem. my fsh hormone has incresed it is showing on now 22.12 . is it possible to decerese it or.balance on level. because of this my sperm is not being procduce. please help me. and how to do…….please…
    thanks
    akshay kumar

  24. Hi Dalene

    I got a second opinion and was told that I need IVF with aggressive superovulation, to maximise my chances of conceiving and that it would help to make the most of my remaining eggs.

    The consultant also recommended I try the following to improve my ovarian reserve.

    1. Yoga
    2. Acupuncture
    3. DHEA, 25mg thrice a day.
    4. Take wheat germ daily
    5. CoQ 10,100 mg daily
    6. Vit D3 ( Calcirol), 50000 IU, once a week for 8 weeks

    I cannot afford to have IVF and where I live it’s a postcode lottery so I cannot get it free either but I read somewhere online today about the effects of DHEA in regards to POF and the success rate is very good.

    I’m seriously thinking about trying acupuncture and purchasing DHEA from abroad without my doctors consent as I don’t think it’s available in the UK.

    I don’t have much to lose really do I?!

    Karen xxx

    • Hi Karen,

      I think the suggestions your consultant gave you are great! We don’t suggest ever using DHEA without being under supervised care of your health care practitioner, so they can monitor your progress and hormone levels!

      Best Wishes Karen!

      Dalene

  25. Hi Dalene

    I only just read your reply to my previous post in June.
    I don’t understand why I have POF when I have regular 28 day cycles. I have no symptoms of starting the menopause yet other than a letter from the fertility clinic where I was tested stating what I wrote in my previous post.

    I miscarried in 2006 and I also miscarried in August this year. I’m not undergoing any treatment or anything. I still try the natural method and I know I’m capable of conceiving because my last miscarriage proved that.

    I met with a psychic clairvoyant who was 100% accurate with the reading I had with her. She gave me names of relatives that had passed over and things that nobody could have possible known about me and she told me that I would fall pregnant and I did but lost it shortly after but she sees me conceiving again in November and I’m remaining positive about that.

    I know I’ll get the baby I so desperately want soon.

    Sending baby dust to you all.

    Keep the faith.

    Karen xxx

  26. Hello. I have been off the pill since Dec last year and still haven’t had a period. My fsh is 3.3, my lh is 0.8, my oestradiol is less than 55 and my prolactin is 59. I have been told that although stress can effect your hormones, they would expect to see high prolactin levels rather than low? Do you have any suggestions as to what this could indicate or what could be causing my low levels?

    (I am 31 and have a bmi of around 18 18.5)

    Kind regards
    Kate

    • Hi Kate,

      It could be that your body fat is a bit too low. You are borderline low. Having a BMI less than 19 is a signal that you are underweight. There is only one thing you can do to increase your BMI, eat more food. By focusing on eating fertility diet that is geared for healthy weight gain, you will be well on your way. Even increasing it some may greatly help your body to regulate the menstrual cycle once again.

      Due to a lack of other information about your health it is difficult for me to say what may be going on. If you are desiring more information you may want to consider a detailed consultation.

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  27. im 27 and had an emergency surgery to removed a benign tumor almost 3 months ago. my husband and i of 11 years have been trying to concieve have only been trying for less then a year. went and had blood work done last weekend and my fsh level was at 11.8 and all my other blood work came back great.. we go in the begining of nov. to do gonadatropins along with the iui…. exciting and trying to stay positive but it has seemed to have been one thing after another…….. wanting a baby so bad…..was wondering if you think that’s a high level and do you know the success with the gonadatropins? and again im 27 with no children.. ALSO ONE LAST QUESTION is it common to have cramping during ovulation?

    • Hi Cassie,

      I am sorry to hear of your struggles! For menstruating women, the normal FSH levels during the follicular or luteal phase should range between 5 and 20 IU/L (international units per liter.) Right before ovulation during the mid-cycle peak, FSH levels should be between 30 and 50 IU/L. So no, your FSH level does not seem high. Because I am not a medical doctor, nor is anyone else that works here at NFI, I do not know if gonadtropins will be helpful for you. That would be a good question for your doctor.

      It is very common to have cramping during ovulation, especially on the side of the body where the egg was released from the ovary. This is called mittleschmerz.

      Best Wishes on your upcoming IUI!

      Dalene

  28. hi, i am 30 yrs old
    i just got my results for the hormonal profile and it indicates high LH of 33ng/ml and FSH of 32mg/ml. it shows also a high prolactin level of 29ng/ml and low PROG of 2mlu/ml
    i really dont know what to do. i have always had a history of menstrual delays but now i am trying for kids and it seems to be a problem

    help

    debbie

    • Hi Debbie,

      I am sorry to hear you are having a hard time with your test results. Vitex is an herb worth researching more. It helps to lower FSH and prolactin levels. Normalizing hormone levels and working to regulate ovulation so you can have regular cycle should be the goal, as well as improving egg health. It is important to talk to your doctor about what your test results mean for your fertility. If you feel lost, and would like to choose a natural route to balance hormones you may want to consider a Natural Fertility Consultation.

      Warm regards,

      Dalene