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Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)

Also known as: Follicle-stimulating Hormone
Formal name: Follicle-stimulating Hormone, serum
Related tests: Total estrogens, Estradiol, LH, Testosterone, Progesterone

Why should I do it?
To evaluate your pituitary function, especially as it relates to fertility issues, gonadal failure, maturation concerns, or pituitary tumors

When should I do it?
When you are having difficulty getting pregnant or are having irregular menstrual periods; when your doctor thinks that you have symptoms of pituitary or Hypothalamic disorders or symptoms of ovarian or testicular disease; or when a doctor suspects that a child has delayed or earlier than expected sexual maturation

What Kind of Sample is Needed?
A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm; sometimes a random urine sample or 24-hour urine collection may be taken

Test Preparation Needed?
None