What is follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH)?

Modified on Mon, 3 Apr, 2023 at 3:24 PM

Follicle-stimulating hormone, or FSH, is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland in the brain. It plays an essential role in ovarian follicle growth and maturation. It also plays a role in ovulation and the menstrual cycle. 

Baseline FSH levels typically increase with age due to diminished ovarian reserve. Additionally, more FSH is needed over time to stimulate ovarian function. 

Women interested in getting pregnant can use the FSH level to gauge whether they are in a premenopausal range, indicating their egg quantity and hormone production may be sufficient to support conception. 

FSH levels in an elevated or post-menopausal range should consult their healthcare provider to discuss further testing and appropriate next steps.

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