Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) is a gonadotrophic hormone alongside Luteinizing hormone. Both are released into the bloodstream via the pituitary gland. FSH is one of the hormones vital to development in puberty. It is also essential to the function of men's testes and women's ovaries.
In women, FSH stimulates growth of ovarian follicles within the ovary. It is important that FSH is able to do this before the egg is released from the follicle during ovulation. FSH also contributes to increased oestrodiol production. In men, FSH helps to stimulate sperm production (spermatogenesis) via the stimulation of the Sertoli cells in the testes.
A blood specimen is required, which can be taken at any time of the day. Your practitioner may recommend when in your cycle the sample should be collected. Fasting is not required.
Once the practitioner has given the patient their request form, the patient takes it to their nearest Australian Clinical Labs collection centre. If you are unsure of your nearest collection centre head to location on our website or call us on 1300 554 480 between 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday for details.
Patient does not need to fast or make any special preparation before having blood collected.
Turnaround time is usually 7-10 working days.
Patient results are delivered to the referring practitioner via electronic download unless requested otherwise. Results can also be issued via hardcopy, fax or web based e-viewer.