The follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) is released from the anterior pituitary gland. It is formed both in men and women.
In women, this hormone stimulates production of eggs and in men it stimulates production of sperm. In women of childbearing age, blood test to measure FSH is done on certain days of the menstrual cycle. Your doctor may recommend FSH blood test to help diagnose problems related to sexual development, menstruation, and fertility.
Normal FSH level varies with sex and age of the person.
• Women during menstruation: 3.5-3.0 IU/L or 5-20 m U/L
• Postmenopausal Women: 40-250 IU/L or 50 mIU/mL to 100 mIU/mL
• During Pregnancy: too low to measure
Certain conditions which can be diagnosed or evaluated by FSH blood test include:
Some disorders in which the FSH result may be abnormal include:
The normal test value can differ slightly from one laboratory to other. Consult your doctor to understand the meaning of your test result.
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