This is a common cause of infertility particularly in woman over 37 years of age. The basic idea is that every female is born with a finite number of eggs. These eggs are stored in the ovaries in a primordial form. With each menstrual cycle a number of these eggs are recruited for possible fertilization and conception. With each menstrual cycle these eggs are gradually used up.
Similarly, as the body ages these egg cells are susceptible to oxidative stress and other factors that can degrade and damage the DNA and other cellular tissue. The degree of this damage and depletion is most commonly determined by measuring FSH. What is important to understand is that FSH is not a direct measurement of egg quality or quantity. Rather, there is statistical correlation between high FSH and lowered ovarian reserve.
I am not implying here that it is a meaningless number, it isn’t, but it needs to be interpreted in the context of an entire case history. For example, a high FSH in a 48-year-old woman with peri-menopausal symptoms carries a lot more weight than a high number in a 39 year old.
There are other, more correctable reasons, why an FSH reading could be high. Generally an FSH reading, even only one time, over 9 are considered to be a sign of declining ovarian reserve. This is not always true because in some cases follicles can develop a receptor site resistance that has nothing to do with egg-quality, but will definitely retard follicle maturation. This problem is correctable with Chinese Medicine.
There are other equally correctable problems that could present with High FSH readings. This said high FSH does indicate Diminished Ovarian Reserve in a high percentage of cases. This does not automatically imply that a woman cannot become pregnant with her own eggs. Chinese Medicine has developed protocols that help to improve egg quality over a period of months. It takes 13 menstrual cycles for the most primordial follicles to reach full maturation. It is thru these numerous phases of maturation that these developing follicles are susceptible to damage and degradation that leaves them unable to fertilize.
Through a carefully crafted treatment protocol of acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition and lifestyle improvement, the quality of the mature follicles can be improved, thus making a successful pregnancy possible. This does take time as we are treating the developing follicles that can take as long as 13 months to develop.