What does a high FSH actually mean?

Hi, I've been told that I have a high FSH (seems to range between 9 and 11) and that this means that I can't be referred for IVF on the NHS (the number would need to be 8 or below for that). The consultant did explain what a high FSH means but I didn't really understand it. In layman's terms, he said that I'm less fertile than other people of my age. Does the number refer to the number of eggs you have or the quality?

Many thanks!

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  • Sorry, this was meant to be an Ask our Nurse post but I'm not sure how to do that!

  • Hello Berry_Girl, as you are still trying to conceive please can you repost this on Fertility Network UK site on Health Unlocked. This forum is for those suffering from involuntary childlessness. You don't need to post under 'Ask our Nurse' - our nurse will see you post. Thanks, Hannah

  • Hi, no I'm not trying anymore. We've been told that we have unexplained infertility but I was just curious about what the number means as I saw someone else on here mention FSH.

  • Hi Berry_Girl - hopefully our nurse Diane will see this post and respond but it might be easier to give her a call on 0121 323 5025 - Diane works Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10am and 4pm. Alternatively you can email her support@fertilitynetworkuk.org Diane will be able to explain what you FSH level means.

  • Great, thanks very much Hannah!

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