Elevated FSH Women are born with all the eggs that they will ever have, and they lose them constantly throughout life until menopause when few remain.
The term "ovarian reserve" is useful in the field of reproductive medicine. It is an estimate of the reserve of the woman's ovaries, her remaining egg supply. A woman's ovarian reserve is her remaining fertility potential.
There are several ways to attempt to predict egg quantity and quality as well as trying to estimate chances for conception with various forms of fertility treatment. Female age and day 3 FSH levels are two very important variables. The response of the ovaries to ovarian stimulation with injectable gonadotropins (FSH) is another very important variable that affects the overall chance for conception when in vitro fertilization is attempted.
Blood transports hormones from the endocrine system to target cells or organs within the body, including the hypothalamus, anterior pituitary and ovaries, the three essential organs necessary to achieve pregnancy. At The Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and fertility massage are used specifically to increase blood flow to the ovaries and the uterine lining thereby improving reproductive rates.
If FSH is elevated, the first order of business should be to increase and enhance blood flow to the reproductive organs so that proper hormonal distribution the pelvic bowl is accomplished. At The Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness, by employing acupuncture and our proprietary herbal formulas, we have successfully increased blood circulation to the ovaries and lowered FSH levels while simultaneously keeping estradiol (E2) between 25 and 65pg/ml. In other words, our treatments don’t falsely suppress FSH levels, but rather, regulate them.
Further, we have repeatedly seen a reduction in the uterine artery pulsatility index after treatment with acupuncture and herbs. The pulsatility index is a method of determining the amount of blood flow to the uterus via the uterine arteries. The pulsatility index should be <>3 rarely achieve conception.
Via the release of beta-endorphins from the brain, the sympathetic nervous system is affected and vascular modulation occurs with dilation of the uterine arteries, thereby reducing uterine artery impedance and increasing blood flow to the reproductive environment.