Originally Posted by kristinc
DH and i are starting down the road of ivf due to male infertility. I had my day 3 baselines tets today and the estrogen and LH were normal, but my FSH was 14 (anything over 10 is high). I am only 27 and the nurse mentioned that when FSH gets high it is an indication of poor egg quality and that you may be perimenopausal. Does anyone know anything natural that can help lower FSH???
I'm a firm believer in acupuncture for lowering FSH. Also, having been around infertility and ttc boards for over a decade now, I don't believe that the FSH number tells the entire story. That's why there's an art to ART.
As a pp suggested, get thee to an acupuncturist who is experienced in fertility tx if you can. I do not believe that FSH is a static number based on my own personal experience and the experience of good friends (and, yes, I have seen their actual lab reports and medical records too -- we do all sorts of things when we want a take home baby!!).
After I stuck with IUIs for wayy too long, I was fortunate enough to conceive my dd with my first IVF attempt. I then tried to conceive #2 two years later and suffered a few pregnancy losses. I have a family hx of premature menopause and was already "pushing the envelope" so when I underwent testing to see why I was losing my babies they also checked to see how close I was to the big "M" and according to the testing, my ovarian reserve was low. My next fresh cycle yielded 17 eggs, but only ~6 were mature and 2 good embies made it to transfer (but I transferred all I had). I had a positive beta and another loss. My FSH was higher than it had ever been. I got "the talk" ... "you're not as young as you used to be... you family hx... yadda yadda yadda..." I dabbled in a bit of Chinese medicine by changing my diet -- which was already healthy, but still, I made it cleaner -- and my next fresh IVF cycle was negative though they got 15 eggs and only 4 were mature and "so so" quality. My FSH was higher but it could have been because of all the stims. I went "all out" on Chinese medicine, acupuncture, moxa, herbs... my acu was trained in Mongolia, had been an internist in Russia, and had been treating infertility patients for 20 years. I exercised less and switched to qi gong and I stopped "watching my weight" which was actually perfectly fine to begin with. My next FSH level was down 3.4 pts which put me below 10 so it was never really "high" but I believe it made a difference.
My next cycle, I also made some changes with my protocol. We DEcreased my dosage of stims and I stimmed for more days. My doc retrieved 34 eggs and 26 were mature. That was my best cycle ever at the oldest age that I'll ever do a stim cycle because I have 18 frozen and won't be doing any more fresh cycles.
I know a lot of people don't believe in acupuncture and I don't know if it's because of the person they see or if they don't believe in it or if they don't resonate with their practitioner or if their practitioner isn't qualified to treat their issue or maybe it just doesn't work for them. But I can also tell you that I've seen it work for women who've given up on their dreams of having babies who have been told by traditional Western med docs that they have high FSH to be told by acu docs that they do not have high FSH and they go on to have a take home baby.
I've seen enough and read enough outside of Western medicine to believe that FSH is not an immutable static number for everyone in every situation. For some it may be, but I don't believe it has to be for everyone.
Oh, and there was an article last week on CNN.com about more REs using acupuncture in ART. My insurance picked up part of the cost after the fact so it wasn't such a hard hit. It wasn't cheap, but it wasn't out of reach either.