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Follicular Stimulating Hormone - Blood Test - In-Store only

Follicular Stimulating Hormone - Blood Test - In-Store only

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The follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) blood test measures the level of FSH in blood. FSH is a hormone released by the pituitary gland, located on the underside of the brain. A blood sample is needed. If you are a woman of childbearing age, your health care provider may want you to have the test done on certain days of your menstrual cycle.

  • What is it used for?

    FSH works closely with another hormone called luteinizing hormone to control sexual functions. So a luteinizing hormone test is often done along with an FSH test. These tests are used in different ways, depending on whether you are a woman, man, or child.

    In women, these tests are most often used to:

    • Help find the cause of infertility
    • Find out if there is a problem with ovarian function
    • Find the reason for irregular or stopped menstrual periods
    • Confirm the start of menopause, or perimenopause. Menopause is the time in a woman's life when her menstrual periods have stopped and she can't become pregnant anymore. It usually starts when a woman is around 50 years old. Perimenopause is the transition period before menopause. It can last for several years. FSH testing may be done towards the end of this transition.

    In men, these tests are most often used to:

    • Help find the cause of infertility
    • Find the reason for a low sperm count
    • Find out if there is a problem with the testicles

    In children, these tests are most often used to help diagnose early or delayed puberty.

    • Puberty is considered early if it starts before age 9 in girls and before age 10 in boys.
    • Puberty is considered delayed if it hasn't started by age 13 in girls and by age 14 in boys.

    Why do I need an FSH levels test?

    If you are a woman, you may need this test if:

    • You've been unable to get pregnant after 12 months of trying.
    • Your menstrual cycle is irregular.
    • Your periods have stopped. The test may be used to find out if you have gone through menopause or are in perimenopause

    If you are a man, you may need this test if:

    • You've been unable to get your partner pregnant after 12 months of trying.
    • Your sex drive is decreased.

    Both men and women may need testing if they have symptoms of a pituitary disorder. These include some of the symptoms listed above, as well as:

    • Fatigue
    • Weakness
    • Weight loss
    • Decreased appetite
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