For women interested in assisted reproductive techniques (ART), or interested in fertility, FSH levels will often be tested by the GP or GYN. FSH levels indicate the relative presence of Follicle Stimulating Hormone in the plasma of the blood. Usually the higher the levels, the less chance one has of conception, although there is an indirect correlation.
Endorphins are peptides that act as neurotransmitters, and belong to the endogenous opiod system. The term “endorphin” is a compound of “endogenous” and “morphine”, referring to a chemical that is naturally produced within the body and that demonstrates effects similar to morphine, in terms of producing analgesia and feelings of well-being. Endorphin production can be stimulated through excitement, pain, exercise, love and orgasm, or even eating spicy foods.