Understand Your Test

Follicle-stimulating Hormone (FSH)

Formal Name


Follicle-stimulating Hormone, serum or urine


Why Get Tested?

To evaluate fertility issues, function of reproductive organs (ovaries or testicles), or pituitary function

In children, to evaluate early or delayed sexual maturation (puberty).

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.