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High FSH and Fertility Drugs

In general, a cycle day 3 FSH level of less than 10 is considered normal, and an FSH level of 15 or more is considered high FSH. However, you should talk to your fertility doctor about how they are interpreting your results. Doctors may interpret the results differently.

If your FSH is considered normal, you would be expected to respond well to ovarian stimulation with fertility drugs. If it is slightly above normal, your response to fertility drugs may be normal, or it may be somewhat reduced. You generally see less and less response to ovarian stimulation the higher your FSH level. You also begin to see significant reduction in live birth rates, that is, the number of babies actually born after treatment with fertility drugs. There is an FSH level (varying by clinic) above which virtually no response would be expected to ovarian stimulation with fertility drugs.

If you have high FSH levels and decide to try using fertility drugs, you should understand that, despite high levels of medications, you might not be able to produce very many eggs. This is because the follicles are simply not capable of producing eggs (or a reasonable numbers of eggs).


Comments (2)

I am 31 and today was told I have premature ovarian failure and to consider a donor egg IVF. But I am not ready to give up on my ovaries yet. Is there any hope for me? I just did a clomiphene challenge and my day 3 fsh was 18.3 and day 10 was 15.4.

i am 38 in july i am under ARGC in london for ivf last month my fsh was 22 which is high i know now just been tested again on day 3 of a really werid cycle now it has gone too 117 what does that mean please help me on this.

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