High FSH / Low Ovarian Reserve

If you’ve been told that you have high FSH, diminished ovarian reserve, and that conception is not possible with your own eggs, don’t panic!  It doesn’t mean you’re “out of eggs.”  Our treatments can help to stimulate the ovaries to lower the FSH level and help to maximize your reserve.

Here is the technical tidbit.  FSH is one of the many hormones needed to produce healthy eggs. The FSH level measures the responsiveness of the ovaries when they are stimulated (either by medications or by naturally-produced hormones). The more receptive the ovaries are, the lower the FSH number. So, a high FSH level often indicates that the ovaries are not responding to the signals coming from the brain.

Elevated FSH is a result of hormone fluctuation caused by the lack of communication between the brain, the pituitary gland, and the ovaries. Many factors interfere with the balance of the HPO (Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Ovarian) Axis, including diet, lifestyle, stress and age.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can successfully increase blood flow to the entire pelvic region, including the ovaries. Better circulation improves the functions of any organ, and the same is true for the ovaries. Egg quality can improve, even in women with low ovarian reserve, and we frequently see a decrease in FSH levels with consistent treatments.

Environmental factors have been shown to dramatically influence the egg quality regardless of age.  So, diet and lifestyle counseling is part of our treatment protocol in addition to acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.

It typically takes three months to see results (whether pregnancy or lowered FSH and higher AMH levels.) We know you feel like you’re running out of time.  But, trust us, it’s worth the effort to work on the seemingly little things because they collectively make a huge impact to boost your fertility.

If you have been diagnosed with diminished ovarian reserve, elevated FSH, or if you have had to cancel an IVF cycle due to poor response to stimulation, we would love help you!  Please contact us and find out how acupuncture can make a difference for you.