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What is Normal FSH and How is it Tested?

Women are born with all of the eggs they will ever have. Over time, their ovarian reserve (the quality and quantity of eggs in their ovaries) declines. This decline is often referred to as Diminished Ovarian Reserve (DOR). The most common causes of DOR are age and elevated Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH).

So how can you tell if your FSH is normal?

FSH can be determined through a simple blood test by your Reproductive Endocrinologist on day 3 of your menstrual cycle. More recently, an at-home test has come on the market to give you a preliminary FSH reading before seeing a fertility specialist. These at-home tests can help you to gauge the urgency of seeing a fertility doctor to build your family, consider treatments like IVF with donor eggs, or continue trying to conceive with timed intercourse.

To find out more about testing your FSH at home, which FSH levels fall in the normal or abnormal range, and when to see a fertility doctor about your ovarian reserve, check out this article by FertilityAuthority and EPT.

Watch as Dr. Mary Ellen Pavone, of Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, IL, explains What are AMH and FSH?

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