FOLLICULAR STIMULATING HORMONE (FSH)
Why to get tested?
To evaluate fertility issues, function of reproductive organs (ovaries or testicles), or pituitary function
When to get tested?
For women, when you are having difficulty getting pregnant or are having irregular or absence of menstrual periods. For men, when your partner cannot get pregnant, or you have a low sperm count, low muscle mass or decreased sex drive. When your healthcare provider thinks that you have symptoms of a pituitary disorder or hypothalamic disorder. When a health practitioner suspects that a child has delayed or earlier than expected sexual maturation
What sample needed?
A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm; sometimes a random urine sample or 24-hour urine collection may be taken
What preparation I need before test?
None, but the timing of a woman's sample will be correlated with her menstrual cycle.