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Patient Preparation: Details of menstrual cycle required
FSH tests are conducted concomitantly with other hormone tests that include Luteinizing Hormone, Testosterone, Estradiol, Progesterone etc, and the results are collectively evaluated, since several combinations of outcomes can detect several conditions.
FSH along with other tests are used to identify the cause of infertility, diagnose underlying conditions linked with dysfunction of ovaries or testicles. FSH test can also detect abnormalities associated with pituitary gland or particularly the hypothalamus which is a prime source of FSH production.
FSH test in women is especially useful in determining the cause of menstrual irregularities, while in men; FSH levels are used to identify the reasons for low sperm count.
In Children, FSH test is usually conducted when they fail to enter puberty at an appropriate age or if they have entered the cycle precociously (much before the normal age)
If you are a woman, your doctor would recommend this test for you if:
-You have not been able to get pregnant after trying regularly for a year
-You have irregular menstrual cycle
-You have stopped menstruating. This test will help find out if you have reached menopause or if you are in perimenopause
If you are a man, your doctor would recommend this test for you if:
-You have not been able to help your wife conceive
-You have decreased sex drive.
-Your child might need the test if they have not reached puberty by the right age.
Follicle Stimulating Hormone is responsible for growth, maturation, and development of puberty and several reproductive processes of the body. The hormone is also useful in development of sperm in men and ovum (eggs) in female.
Sample: Serum (2 mL)