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#1 yellowrose

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 08:54 AM

My FSH levels came back at 5. I'm a 37 year old female. My doctor said that was good and moved onto the next thing. Now that I'm at home thinking about it, I'd like to know how good is "good". Believe it or not, I can not find a Google search that tells me what a normal FSH level is. Does anyone know what the most fertile FSH level is?

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 09:26 AM

I don't think there is a "most fertile" level. Everyone is individual so there is a range of normal and generally speaking most clinics like to see it under 10.  Also, FSH fluctuates from month to month. The other thing to keep in mind is that FSH is just one of many factors - some better understood than others - that impact fertility and success.


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Posted 11 January 2014 - 03:01 PM

Not sure if this helps, but at age 40 my fsh was at 9.9.  I was concerned about DOR, however my Doctor says he is not concerned unless it reaches 12 or over. According to what I have read and been told and fsh of  5 is awesome.   He did put me on DHEA and CoQ10 and after 5 weeks on it my fsh is now at 7.  


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#4 Lisa1981

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 06:47 PM

FSH level of 5 is good. Don't worry.


Just an FYI: One thing to remember though is that all labs have different threshold of what is in the normal range (5 is always in the normal range). For example, the lab I go to has a normal range up to 15, other labs have a limit of 13, others 10... So if you ever get this test redone and go to a different lab, the results may be different but it doesn't mean that your FSH level actually changed, it could just be the lab :)

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Feb 20: Beta 1128 - P4: 81... increased progesterone to 600mg

Feb 24: Beta 1608 - P4: 100... oh boy, not looking promissing

Feb 25: Beta: 1942 (no P4) at another hospital.. ok, looking better... U/S: sac and yolk. Nothing else.

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March 14: U/S , HB (abdominal) 167bpm (internal) 158bpm. Problem: Sac still small, reapeat u/s in 10 days..

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#5 Robi

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 06:48 PM

Hi yellowrose,


I found this the other day




There are some general guidelines in there. Good luck!



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#6 Curlygirl77

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Posted 12 January 2014 - 03:22 AM

The other thing to remember is that FSH can be in the 'normal' zone but can be falsely low if your estradiol is high. My clinic always orders the 2 together to get an accurate representation of FSH levels. Also, AMH is more useful (though a 'newer' test) so might be worth getting that tested too.  I was also always told that the only thing that matters is how high your FSH gets - after 1 high FSH value, you are still considered DOR sadly, even if you bring it down in other months. Mine was 14 initially, and fluctuates between 4-7, but estradiol is always really high with the lower FSH values.


All in all, 5 sounds pretty good though!

Good luck!

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Posted 12 January 2014 - 12:19 PM

Yes, the doctors/clinics will only accept your first FSH test result, no matter that it fluctuates. Mine went from 14 down to 6 over an 8 month period but they will go with the 14. So... 5 is great!

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7 failed IUIs, 3 medicated and 4 non-medicated, all BFN

I was a poor responder to the meds, only produced 1 viable egg so I'm not a candidate for IVF

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No one in my immediate circle of friends and family who has gone through this so forums are amazingly helpful.


Dec 2013 - have chosen a donor with San Diego Fertility Center and have begun the process. If all goes well we'll get me preggo in April 2014. IF all goes well... 


It DIDN'T go well - our donor failed her genetic testing. It took MORE exhausting searches 24/7 to find another we liked, and finally she's passed and good to go. IF all goes well we'll go down to SDFC mid-June 2014 for the egg transfer and get me pregnant..if all goes well...if... if... if... so many letdowns cannot allow me to be hopeful, just wait and see...


June 2014 Went to SDFC, everything went smoothly. Well, kind of...family stuff... but transfer went well


July 16 2014 did blood test...BFP th_abfp.gif Wow. First time, feeling a lot emotions and crying uncontrollably for last 48 hours.


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