Follicle-stimulating Hormone Testing
How to check your Follicle-stimulating Hormone levels with a home fingerprick blood test kit
What Is A Follicle-stimulating Hormone Test For?
A Follicle-stimulating Hormone test is also known as a FSH test.
The Follicle-stimulating Hormone Test allows you to accurately check your levels of Follicle-stimulating Hormone in a fingerprick blood sample.
Follicle-stimulating hormone is a crucial sex hormone associated with fertility. It should be measured by both partners when there is difficulty in getting pregnant.
In women, it is involved in egg development and should be tested if you have irregular or no menstrual periods.
In men it plays a role in sperm production so should be checked if you have a lowered sperm count, low muscle mass or decreased sex drive.
What If Follicle-stimulating Hormone Test Levels Are High?
Certain drugs lead to elevated Follicle-stimulating hormone blood levels, such as digitalis, levodopa and cimetidine.
FSH levels should be assessed alongside LH, as increased FSH and LH are consistent with primary ovarian failure, of which there can be several causes.
FSH levels rise when a woman's ovaries cease releasing eggs i.e. after the menopause. This is a normal process but it is rare to be affected younger than 40 years old (approximately 1% of women).
High FSH levels should be investigated further with your G.P.
How To Test Follicle-stimulating Hormone?
You can check your Follicle-stimulating Hormone levels by buying a home fingerprick blood test kit from just £59 using the following test kits: