Pillar Healthcare are on the verge of starting to trade in the UK. At a training session with some pharmacies, a woman had asked specifically about FSH levels. It appears to be a bit of an unknown hormone, or possibly not understood.
 
In both men and women, having a balanced level of hormones is essential for proper fertility. FSH, or follicle-stimulating hormone, is a naturally occurring hormone that is made by the pituitary gland in the body. If the FSH levels are either low or high, it is a clear indicator that something is out of balance within the reproductive system and may be causing issues with the couple being able to conceive. While FSH levels are used to determine if there is an imbalance, low or high FSH is not the direct cause of fertility issues; it is just a sign that there may be an issue.
 
For women, follicle-stimulating hormones help to control and regulate the woman’s menstrual cycle and is also partially responsible for the production of ova, or eggs, in the ovaries. It is normal for a woman’s FSH levels to vary throughout her usual monthly cycle, with there being a spike in the levels immediately before ovulation. It is also essential for men to have normal levels of the FSH hormone. An imbalance of this hormone in men can also contribute to infertility. For men, FSH controls sperm production which is of course essential to fertility.
 
What can cause FSH levels to become imbalanced?
The possible causes for low or high FSH are many, so it is hard to give a reason why FSH levels may be high or low. Imbalances such as these are a signal or sign that the body is out of balance.
 
Promote hormonal balance through your nutrition
  • Support the pituitary and hypothalamus glands through nutrition. These glands, found in the base of the brain, are the master glands of our hormonal system. They need to be supported and nourished to perform at optimum levels.
  • Insulin resistance and blood sugar levels have a big impact on the endocrine system and hormone levels. This is one of the reasons maintaining a healthy weight is important for healthy hormonal function. Following the Natural Fertility Diet to make sure you are getting proper nutrients in your diet will help a lot. Too much oestrogen or testosterone can cause FSH levels to be low. Cleansing the liver is one of the best things you can do for your hormonal health. The liver is responsible for taking the excess hormones from the body and excreting them through elimination. Liver supporting herbs help the liver to function optimally so excess hormones are not circulating in the blood.
  • We noticed this in our recent clinical study on our nutritional supplement. The men and women who were on the study, taking pre-Conceive in combination with dietary and lifestyle adjustments had improvements in their hormonal profiles, not just FSH.
 
 
Maintain a healthy weight
Being underweight and overweight can cause FSH levels to be off. Being 10% below the ideal body weight can cause FSH levels to be low and cause many other fertility issues. Being overweight can also effect FSH and hormonal levels. The Natural Fertility Diet is a healthy way to move towards a healthy weight.
 
Reduce stress
The release of stress hormones has a big impact on hormonal balance and health. If you are constantly stressed out, stress hormones are released and general hormone production is reduced. Taking steps to reduce your stress through yoga, meditation, prayer, massage, exercise can help to keep your hormonal system healthy.
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