Technically speaking, it is possible that you can still conceive with high FSH levels. High FSH levels do not automatically mean that you are guaranteed to have problems with fertility. Having said that, the statistics tell us that only 1 out of every 100 women with high FSH levels will be able to conceive without some sort of fertility interventions. In many cases, the only fertility treatment that will be effective for the woman who is trying to conceive with high FSH levels will be In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) utilizing donor eggs.
To understand the relationship between trying to conceive and high FSH levels, it is important to first understand exactly what FSH is, what it does, and what high FSH levels indicate. FSH stands for follicle stimulating hormone. This hormone is produced in both men and women by the pituitary gland. FSH helps to spur the growth of eggs in women and the growth of sperm in men. High FSH levels in women typically indicate that there is some sort of a problem with the quality or the number of eggs that she has, also known as her ovarian reserve.
If you are having trouble conceiving, FSH levels are one of the first things that your health care provider will likely look at. Along with the man’s sperm count and a test to check to see if the fallopian tubes are blocked, the FSH test is a key component of an initial fertility workup. The FSH test is taken on day 3 of your menstrual cycle. A level of 10 or lower is normal. A level of 25 on your FSH test is elevated, and indicates that you will have problems trying to conceive. A FSH level between 10 and 25 is considered borderline, and you may still be able to conceive.
The odds of still conceiving with high FSH levels can be rather discouraging. However, some women have been able to help their situation with a variety of alternative medicines. In addition, not every woman that has a problem with high FSH levels will need so drastic and expensive a procedure as IVF with donor eggs.