“FSH” is a term that is frequently used by fertility specialists, gynecologists, and sometimes your regular physician if he or she is referring you for a test to determine if you have fertility issues. But what does “FSH” mean? And what is it? What is the test? We will address this and much more below. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
FSH stands for Follicle Stimulating Hormone.
The definition of “Follicle Stimulating Hormone” is a gonadotropic hormone that is secreted by the anterior pituitary and stimulates growth of Graafian follicles in female mammals, and activates the cells in male mammals that form sperm.
If that answer was not confusing enough with the technical terms- please allow me to put it in to layman’s terms. In a nut shell, the follicle stimulating hormone is released from a gland inside of you that allows the female body to create more “pockets” that contain eggs in the ovaries. In males it allows them to create an abundance of quick healthy sperm.
This test is simply a blood test. The doctor will typically send you to a lab or have their nurse draw the blood from your arm. It then gets sent to be tested to determine how much of the follicle stimulating hormone is in your body at that time. Normally the levels in the female body vary, however your doctor will still be able to determine if you do not have enough. This test can also determine low sperm count in men.
There are many reasons an FSH test may be ordered. The most common reasons can be seen below:
• This test can be ordered if your doctor believes that you are experiencing troubles becoming pregnant.
• If a female child begins to hit puberty too early (9 or younger) by developing breasts, growing pubic hair or they begin their menstrual cycle.
• If a male child begins to hit puberty too early (10 or younger) growing pubic hair or rapid genital growth.
• If the doctor believes that an older female may be in menopause or entering it.
For males, high FSH levels may mean there is a problem in the testicles which will impair the ability to produce healthy sperm for implantation. For females, high FSH levels may mean that you have a low ovarian reserve.
There are injections available at your doctor’s recommendation to increase your FSH levels overall. There is not a guaranteed medical/scientific way to reduce your FSH levels. Speak with your doctor however; there may be more natural or herbal ways to treat it successfully.
Traditionally the follicle stimulating hormone test is run in conjunction with other tests to determine how infertile you are, what ways to correct that and if there is medication that can be provided to you to “fix” the problem.