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High FSH to get pregnant ?Acupuncture can help
What is Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH)?
Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) is one of the hormones that play a critical role in reproduction. It is produced by the pituitary gland, a small gland located in the brain, and acts on the ovaries to stimulate the growth and development of follicles, which contain eggs. FSH levels are influenced by the levels of other hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, which are produced by the ovaries. When estrogen levels are low at the beginning of the menstrual cycle, FSH is produced to stimulate follicle growth. FSH levels can be measured in a blood test, which is a part of fertility check.

If FSH levels are elevated, it can indicate that the ovaries are not functioning normally. This can lead to poor egg quality and quantity, making it difficult to conceive naturally or through in vitro fertilization (IVF). However, acupuncture may be a promising treatment option for women with high FSH levels.

Acupuncture can help, if FSH is elevated.

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body. It has been used for centuries to treat a wide range of health conditions, including infertility. Acupuncture can improve ovarian blood supply, which in turn can improve ovarian function and egg quality. When the ovary functions properly, it responds to FSH, and the pituitary gland does not produce excessive FSH. This can decrease FSH levels, increase egg quality, and improve the chance of getting pregnant.

Several studies have investigated the effects of acupuncture on FSH levels in women with elevated FSH. In one study, 21 patients with high FSH levels received 12 weeks of acupuncture treatment. The mean FSH levels decreased from 19.33±9.47 mIU/mL at baseline to 10.58±6.34 mIU/mL at week 12 and 11.25±6.68 mIU/mL at week 24. The change in mean FSH from baseline was -8.75±11.13 mIU/mL at week 12 (p=0.002) and -8.08±9.56 mIU/mL at week 24 (p=0.001). Other hormonal levels and irritability scores were also improved, and approximately 30% of patients reported an increase in menstrual volume after treatment.

Another study investigated the effects of acupuncture on in vitro fertilization (IVF) success in women with declined ovarian reserve. The study involved 63 women who were divided into two groups: an acupuncture group and a control group. The acupuncture group received acupuncture twice a week until the second menstrual cycle of oocyte retrieval, while the control group received IVF-ET but no acupuncture. The study found that acupuncture improved ovarian reserve function, as evidenced by an increase in basic FSH, estradiol (E2), and antral follicle count (AFC), as well as the number of retrieved oocytes, fertilizations, and high-quality embryos. The acupuncture group also had a higher implantation rate and clinical pregnancy rate and a lower cycle cancellation rate than the control group.

Overall, several studies have shown that acupuncture can significantly lower FSH levels in women with elevated FSH. Acupuncture can improve ovarian function and blood supply, which can lead to an increase in egg quality and quantity, and may improve the chances of conceiving naturally or through assisted reproductive technologies like IVF.

References

Wang Y et al Acupunct Med (2016) May 13. pii: acupmed-2015-011014. doi: 10.1136/acupmed-2015-011014.
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Junyoung Jo, et al Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015; 2015: 842180.

Yang Fu et al Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2022; 2022: 9053930.

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