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Follicle Stimulating Hormone Test (FSH)

This Follicle Stimulating Hormone Test (FSH) measures the amount of follicle stimulating hormone in the blood.

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This Follicle Stimulating Hormone Test (FSH) measures the amount of follicle stimulating hormone in the blood. FSH is released by the pituitary gland and responsible for egg/sperm production. High or low amounts of FSH can cause infertility issues, early/delayed puberty, unusual menstrual cycles, and other conditions. However, such hormonal imbalances can be identified through the use of this reliable Follicle Stimulating Hormone Test.

Follicle Stimulating Hormone Test (FSH)

For our Follicle Stimulating Hormone Test (FSH), simply place your order online and stop by one of our 4000+ nationwide testing facilities at your convenience (no appointments). A member of the center’s staff will collect a small blood sample via the skin prick method, at which point your part of the process is done. 

The sample collection itself takes only a few minutes, and most patients are in and out and about their day in under half an hour. From there, your sample will be processed in a CLIA-certified laboratory, and in as little as 24-72 hours, you’ll have full results regarding your menopause or fertility status.

Common Menopause Symptoms

Studies consistently show a correlation between fertility and age. Reproductive potential declines as women get older, and fertility can be expected to end five to ten years before menopause. Menopause can be defined as the end of a woman’s menstrual cycle, usually diagnosed 12 months after her last menstruation.

The follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) is produced by the pituitary gland — a small gland located underneath the brain — and released into the bloodstream. It’s one of the hormones that is involved in reproductive functions. In men, this hormone helps regulate sperm production.

In women, FSH is one of the hormones that control the menstrual cycle and stimulate the growth of eggs in the ovaries. In women, FSH levels in the blood will change throughout their lifetime, and a change in FSH levels is one of the indicators of menopause. Other common symptoms include: 

  • Irregular menstrual cycles 
  • Hair loss 
  • Weight changes
  • Dry skin
  • Insomnia
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Sexual discomfort
  • Night sweats and hot flashes

Infertility and menopause are also heavily linked. Menopause is the primary cause of infertility in women aged 40 and above. A doctor may order an FSH test to evaluate problems getting pregnant or diagnose menopause in older age women. 

How to Interpret Your Results

Our Follicle Stimulating Hormone Test (FSH) assesses the level of FSH found in your blood. Your healthcare provider can check FSH levels using this blood test to assess fertility or see if you are going through menopause.  

You must carefully interpret the results of your Follicle Stimulating Hormone Test (FSH) to understand what’s happening inside your body. Test results will be delivered through our online portal. Our FSH test will indicate whether TSH levels in your blood fall above or below normal limits, reported as either normal or abnormal. 

If your ovaries are not making enough eggs, your FSH levels might be high or low, depending on the cause. Since a high or low FSH level isn’t enough for your healthcare provider to make any diagnosis, further tests may be required. Your doctor may order tests for other sex hormones, such as testosterone or estrogen.

Our Follicle Stimulating Hormone Test (FSH) Vs Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Test

Both synthesized in the pituitary, Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) belong to the same family of hormones. Abnormal levels of FSH and TSH in the bloodstream can cause identical symptoms. Order our Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) if you suspect thyroid function is the cause of health problems.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • The level of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) varies depending on age, sex, and other factors. For instance, FSH levels can be higher in people who smoke and drink or those with a vitamin D deficiency.

  • Consistently elevated FSH blood level in women is a symptom of menopause. Also, it has to be at least 12 months from her last menstruation to diagnose menopause.

  • Your FSH blood level affects your menstrual cycle and whether or not you ovulate. Achieving pregnancy can become much more difficult when FSH levels are too high or too low.

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  2. “Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) blood test.” June 30, 2019. https://www.ucsfbenioffchildrens.org/medical-tests/follicle-stimulating-hormone-(fsh)-blood-test.