When I speak to women who have been told that they have high FSH levels, their outrage is palpable. So many women with elevated FSH levels are frustrated to the point of fury. They feel sucker-punched by Mother Nature after learning about this indicator of reduced fertility—something that they may never have heard about before entering a doctor’s office.
They don’t understand the meaning of having high FSH levels, and many are quickly forced to confront the hard reality that a genetically linked child may not be in the cards for them. It can be incredibly difficult to hear the news
It is well known that there is a significant decline in fertility after age 35. The standard of care for women 35 and older who are having difficulty achieving pregnancy is to consult a fertility specialist if, after six months of trying (i.e. unprotected intercourse), pregnancy has not been achieved.
Based upon the increasing number of patients in this age group who are being seen earlier in the treatment process, it is clear to us at RMA that the general OBGYN community has become increasingly sensitive to the needs of these patients and the benefits of seeing a specialist sooner rather