Menopause and FSH
Menopause is a time of great change for women. But it is also a good time for women to get familiar with a number of acronyms that will soon be setting up shop in their daily vocabularies. Acronyms like FSH (Follicle-stimulating hormone) may soon become commonplace for women beginning to experience their first signs of menopause.
In this section, please find information about the relationship between menopause, FSH levels, and potential treatment options for women experiencing uncomfortable menopause symptoms.
Menopause and FSH
FSH or follicle-stimulating hormone is a hormone that regulates the reproductive system. In women, FSH is responsible for causing ovulation and menstruation. It is produced in the anterior pituitary gland by gonadotrophs, a series of endocrine cells that are also responsible for releasing luteinizing hormone.
The level of FSH controls the release of healthy eggs from a woman’s ovaries, so when levels of this hormone change drastically, women may notice changes in menstruation. A change in the amount of follicle-stimulating hormone can launch a woman onto the path toward menopause, where she will begin to experience symptoms like irregular periods and hot flashes. Doctors should do an FSH test to determine if a woman is truly entering menopause or if there is an underlying cause to her symptoms. There are even some home-testing kits available to help women determine their FSH level.
FSH Levels and Menopause
Women who are pre-menopausal will have relatively low levels of follicle-stimulating hormone. FSH levels begin to rise, however, as a woman begins the menopause transition.
For women who have yet to cease menstruation completely, FSH levels will vary somewhat during their cycle, so they may seem particularly high one day and lower on another. It is abnormal for FSH levels to be chronically high during a woman’s reproductive years, and could be related to conditions such as premature menopause or premature ovarian aging.
After menopause, follicle-stimulating hormone levels are typically quite high –said to be at a “menopause FSH level.”
FSH Products for Menopause
Women who are experiencing uncomfortable or difficult menopause symptoms related to FSH can choose to treat these in a number of ways. While the most popular method in the United States is to treat these with hormone replacement therapy, a number of herbal medications are also available. Women should discuss their options with a trusted doctor before beginning any kind of treatment regimen.
For women who are trying to conceive, FSH is often given as an injection to help the woman release a viable egg and increase her chances of getting pregnant.
Side Effects of Using FSH
Possible side effects of FSH injections include ovarian hyperstimulation –in which the ovaries can grow to twice their normal size and bring a host of other complications – or the release of multiple eggs.
High levels of FSH are an indicator of the onset of menopause. Women should pay attention if their FSH levels start increasing in order to be prepared for menopause. If women are already experiencing menopause symptoms, they should learn ways to treat them. Click on the following link to keep reading about menopause treatments.
What are the best ways to cope with menopause?
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