Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) is a hormone synthesised and secreted by gonadotropes in the anterior pituitary gland. In the ovary FSH stimulates the growth of immature follicles to maturation. As the follicle grows, it releases inhibin which shuts off the FSH production.In men, FSH enhances the production of androgen binding protein by the Sertoli cells of the testes and is critical for spermatogenesis.

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... Why get tested?
To evaluate your pituitary function, especially in terms of fertility issues

When to get tested?
If you are having difficulty getting pregnant or are having irregular menstrual periods or if your doctor thinks that you have symptoms of a pituitary or hypothalamic disorder

Sample required?
A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm
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Resources

  • FSH (Lab Tests Online)