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Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)

Overview
Interpreting Results
FAQ's

Overview of FSH

What is FSH?

This test is used in women, when you are having difficulty getting pregnant or you have irregular menstrual periods; in men, when your partner cannot get pregnant or you have a low sperm count; when your doctor thinks you have symptoms of pituitary or hypothalamic disease.

Why is FSH done?

  1. In adolt women, FSH test may be ordered if you have difficolty in getting pregnant or have irregolar menstrual periods 
  2. For men, it is usually ordered when your partner cannot get pregnant or you have low sperm count, low sex drive 
  3. If you have symptoms of a pituitary or hypothalamic disorder 
  4. In children, this test may be ordered when a boy or girl does not appear to be entering puberty at an appropriate age (either too early or too late)

Preparation for FSH

  • No special preparation required

Sample Type for FSH

The sample type collected for Follicle Stimulating Hormone is: Blood

Interpreting FSH results

Interpretations

  • In women, increased levels of LH and FSH are seen in primary ovarian failure which may be due to any chromosomal abnormality, exposure to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, polycystic ovarian disease, thyroid disease 
  • In men, high FSH levels indicate primary testicular failure which may be due to chromosomal abnormality, viral infection, chemotherapy or radiotherapy 
  • Low levels of LH and FSH are seen in secondary ovarian or testicular failure and indicate a problem with pituitary or hypothalamus
  • In young children, high levels of LH and FSH with the development of secondary sexual characteristics at an unusually young age indicates precocious puberty which is usually due to problem with the central nervous system


Answers to Patient Concerns & Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about FSH

Frequently Asked Questions about Follicle Stimulating Hormone

Q. What are the tests which my doctor will order if I am unable to get pregnant?
The tests which are usually ordered for an infertility work up are LH, FSH, testosterone, progesterone, anti mullerian hormone.

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