This test is carried out in order to measure the quantity of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) in a blood. This hormone is associated with reproduction and the development of eggs in women and sperm in men.
This test is performed to:
- Identify the cause of infertility. As this test checks the woman’s egg supply (ovarian reserve) and man’s low sperm count
- Evaluate menstrual problems, such as irregular or absent menstrual periods.
- Detect menopause
- Know whether a child is going through early puberty. Puberty is early when it starts in girls younger than age 9 and in boys younger than age 10
- Determine delayed puberty (no development of sexual features or organs when they should)
- Diagnose certain pituitary gland disorders, such as a tumor