Follicle Stimulating Hormone (known as FSH) is a hormone that is commonly assessed to help predict a woman’s ovarian reserve or fertility. It can only be performed on day 2 or 3 of her menstrual cycle or the levels will not be accurate for this test. Levels of FSH are dependent upon a negative feedback system between the ovaries and the hypothalamus and pituitary glands. Most doctors suggest a level below 10 is associated with higher success while over 10 associates with a decrease in pregnancy rates.
Many women with high FSH levels can’t even embark on IVF or IUI until their FSH drops to the cut-off line (usually 11 or 12), as they are more likely to be a poor responder to fertility drugs used to stimulate their ovaries for IVF or IUI treatment. How could they do to lower the FSH level? There are 7 natural ways:
1. Watch Your Lifestyle and Diet.
Eating essential fatty acids helps to produce more hormones and lower your FSH levels. Top 5 Food of Essential Fatty Acids include: Salmon, Mackerel, Almonds, Olive oil and Sunflower oil. The foods that can increase FSH levels include refined carbohydrates, sugars, tobacco, and coffee. Too much off these can be harmful and you should thus avoid them as much as possible.
2. Maintain a Healthy Weight.
Being underweight and overweight can cause FSH levels to be off. If your BMI is less than 18.5 it`s underweight, if it`s over than 24.9 it`s overweight. Maintaining a healthy BMI between 18.5 and 25 will benefit your FSH level.
3. Reduce Stress.
The release of stress hormones have a big impact on hormonal balance and health. Whenever we feel stress, our body releases stress hormones it badly affects to FSH levels. Taking steps to reduce your stress through Yoga, Meditation, Deep Breathing Technique, Hot Bath and Listening Music to keep your hormonal system healthy.
4. Exercise on a Regular Basis.
Exercise improves your blood circulation. Improving your blood circulation allows more oxygen, nutrients and hormones to be transported to your ovaries. Something as simple as walking, jogging, swimming, bicycling or even dancing on a regular basis can encourage the pituitary gland to stop producing excessive amounts of FSH. However, don’t overdo it because intensive exercises can lower estrogen levels decreasing your ability to produce a follicle.
5. Take Supplements.
Taking the supplements like CoQ10, Royal Jelly, Maca and vitex could help improve your ovaries function and reduce the FSH level.
6. Fertility Massage.
Fertility massage help improve the blood flow to nourish your ovaries and prompt them to produce healthy eggs which could help reduce the FSH level. And massage is also a great way to combat your stress.
Acupuncture normalizes the function of the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Ovarian axis to regulate and improve the body’s natural hormonal production, as well as boost blood circulation to your ovaries and provide more nutrients to your ovaries to improve ovarian function and egg quality. What’s more, acupuncture relaxes the body and reduces stress levels.