Have you heard of FSH? FSH (which stands for “Follicle Stimulating Hormone”) is produced in the pituitary gland, and it plays a big role in your ability to get pregnant. In women, FSH helps manage the menstrual cycle. In men, FSH is responsible for the production of sperm. FSH works with the luteinizing hormone to help couples get pregnant. Too much or too little FSH in the body can make it difficult to become pregnant.
Causes of FSH Variation:
The levels of FSH vary for women based on their cycle. It’s highest just before she releases an egg. Follicle Stimulating Hormone levels don’t usually vary in men. There are several reasons why your FSH levels may be too high or too low. Typically, abnormally high levels of FSH in women is a signal of poor ovarian function or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). It can also mean that menopause has started. In men, high levels are caused by damaged or malfunctioning testicles.
If you have high levels of FSH, you may experience some of these symptoms:
- Weight loss
- Irregular periods/stopped periods
- Severe cramping
- Skin conditions like acne
First, consult with your doctor to determine if you have an FSH imbalance. You can take a Follicle Stimulating Hormone test to make sure FSH isn’t preventing you from conceiving.
Some natural ways to get your FSH in balance include:
Adding sea vegetables like kelp and nori to your diet may help balance out your hormones. These foods contain large amounts of endocrine-supporting minerals and are easy to add to your favorite salads and snacks.
Supplements like spirulina and bee pollen may improve your FSH health. Spirulina is a protein-rich mineral that boosts your magnesium and potassium levels. Bee pollen is packed with vitamins and minerals that help balance your hormone levels and improve your chances of getting pregnant.
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