What does it mean to have high FSH?

High FSH in women is most commonly an indicator of diminished ovarian reserve/ovarian insufficiency or premature ovarian aging. These terms are commonly used to describe women who are under the age of 40 and experience a decreased amount of potential eggs, but diminished ovarian reserve is also the result of advancing age. Because the clinical implications of an elevated FSH level can be serious, it is important to gain more of a complete clinical picture to assess the severity of the depletion. An ultrasound of the ovaries and other laboratory work are used to confirm the finding. Read more