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Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), Serum

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Synonyms/Also Known as

Follicle - stimulating Hormone, Follitropin

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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).

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Blood

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No special preparation required

About The Test

How is it used
Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) is a hormone which is associated with reproduction, ovulation in women and sperm production in men. FSH levels are tested along with luteinizing hormone (LH), testosterone, estradiol or progesterone. FSH levels help to evaluate infertility, improper functioning of the ovaries or testicles, diagnose pituitary or hypothalamus disorders. FSH levels are also helpful to evaluate menstrual irregularities, confirm menopause. In men, FSH levels are used to evaluate low sperm count and In children to investigate delayed or early puberty.

FAQ’s

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.