FSH, Follicle Stimulating Hormone
Follicle Stimulating Hormone regulates the development and growth of the reproductive processes of the body. The hormone is also useful for development of eggs in women and sperm in men. FSH stimulates the growth and recruitment of immature ovarian follicles in the ovary.
FSH tests are always ordered in combination with other hormone tests that include Luteinizing Hormone, Testosterone, Estradiol, Progesterone etc
FSH along with other tests is used to determine the cause of infertility, diagnose conditions associated with dysfunction of ovaries or testicles. FSH test can also give an indication of any dysfunction in pituitary gland or particularly the hypothalamus which is responsible for FSH production
FSH test in women is especially useful in determining the underlying cause of menstrual irregularities or predicting the onset of menopause.
In men, FSH levels are used to help determine the reason for a low sperm count.
In Children, FSH test is usually ordered when they do not enter puberty at an appropriate age or if they have entered the cycle much earlier than the appropriate age.
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