Synonyms/Also Known as
Follicle - stimulating Hormone, Follitropin
Estrogens, LH, Testosterone, Progesterone, Androstenedione, Semen Analysis, Anti - Mullerian Hormone, Prolactin, SHBG
Why get tested?
To evalate infertility, function of ovaries or testicles, or pituitary gland function to diagnose early or delayed sexual maturity in children (Puberty).
When to get tested?
In women, to evaluate infertility. If a woman is having irregular or absence of menstrual periods. In men, to investigate infertility, low sperm count, low muscle mass or decreased sex drive. when a pituitary disorder or hypothalamic disorder is suspected. when a child has delayed or early sexual maturation(puberty).
Test preparation needed
No special preparation required
About The Test
How is it used
1. What tests are required for evaluation of infertility?
Basic tests include measuring FSH and luteinizing hormone (LH) levels. Imaging techniques like hysterosalpingogram (image of fallopian tubes), semen analysis, body temperature evaluation, etc.
2. Why are multiple FSH tests done in a woman?
Multiple FSH tests are done in a woman to track FSH concentrations over time as concentrations of FSH are cyclic, peaking each month.
3. Why is a test for FSH and LH done for a male?
Men also produce FSH and LH which are important for reproduction.FSH stimulates the testicles to produce sperm and LH levels are measured to evaluate low testosterone levels.