Wondering what growth hormone has to do with female infertility? There is a direct relation between these two. Growth hormones are now used by doctors to stimulate ovarian production of follicles to develop into viable eggs and improve fertility rates. Growth hormone is a special hormone produced by our body and it plays a vital role in cell reproduction, tissue regeneration and in stimulating new cell development in us. It has a number of medical uses including treating of growth disorders and infertility in both men and women. Growth hormone has showed proven results in fertility treatment in advanced countries while its still in the research state as a fertility treatment in developing states.
You would be familiar with the medicine which is marketed under the name Humatrope, its nothing but a growth hormone pill and is sometimes known by its medical name, Somatropin. This might not be pleasant to learn but its very much true that most growth hormones used for medical treatment are extracted from human cadavers and hence commonly referred to as hGH (human Growth Hormones). In men, growth hormone is solely produced by the pituitary gland but in females both the pituitary gland and the ovaries produce this hormone.
It has been demonstrated that with the application of hGH in conjunction with other hormones, the ovaries can be stimulated into producing viable eggs. In women, hGH also works in combination with other hormones to help convert androgen and estrogen. So hGH, in conjunction with the hormones of IGF 1 and IGF 2 which are insulin like growth factors, work to stimulate the maturation of ovarian follicles into viable eggs. If you or anyone you know are trying to conceive medically, they can discuss with a fertility doctor if your treatment in conjunction with growth hormonescan promote higher levels of fertility. Many drugs, including letrozole, clomiphene as well as hormones like gonadotrophins are being used to stimulate the ovaries. Growth hormones are being used increasingly for the same purpose in treatments that also include the administration of other substances.
If you have a long-standing infertility issues combined with a proven history of low GH levels, can benefit from GH treatments. The optimum dosage of GH to improve fertility is still under research but currently the doses administered to infertile women range from 0.9 mg to 1.8 mg per week. You should note and be aware of the fact that any growth hormone cannot be used or not recommended to be used as a primary infertility treatment for any woman as more research is definitely warranted in this subject. Every case is unique and has to be dealt independently.
If you are having difficulty with conception as it can be a trying time for any woman or couple, it is natural for their stress levels to raise up. Sadly, stress levels also inhibit proper GH secretion. Therefore, it is very much important for you and your partner to keep calm and relax physically and emotionally during this phase. You can always help yourselves and your partner by engaging in a regular exercise program, consuming a healthy and nutritious diet consisting of fresh veggies and fruits, lean proteins and heart-healthy grains and do a favour on yourselves by avoiding fats and sugars as much as possible. Although these may not help with increasing the chances of conception, they will help in maintaining higher levels of growth hormone and helps you in be in good health and in a peaceful mental state which are very much required during your trial time.