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.
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.
Learn all about Follicle-stimulating Hormone Testing:
- Follicle-stimulating Hormone Testing UK Statistics 2021
- What If Follicle-stimulating Hormone Test Levels Are High?
- What If Follicle-stimulating Hormone Test Levels Are Low?
- How To Test Follicle-stimulating Hormone?
- Why Take The Female Hormones Test?
- Who Should Take The Female Hormones Blood Test?
- How Much Do Female Hormones Tests Cost?
Follicle-stimulating Hormone Testing UK Statistics 2021
33.8% of people tested have Follicle-stimulating Hormone levels which are too high.
And 5.6% have levels that are too low.
The average Follicle-stimulating Hormone result is 21.8 IU/L
Note what is normal for you may differ for your age and gender.
Women tend to report higher follicle-stimulating hormone blood levels in their blood than men.
As many as one in three women tested have high levels of Follicle-stimulating Hormone
of people have Follicle-stimulating Hormone blood levels in the normal range. Do you?
Are you in the 60.6% with normal results?
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.
What If Follicle-stimulating Hormone Test Levels Are Low?
In men, low FSH levels can indicate that you may have pituitary gland or hypothalamus disorder.
For women, low FSH levels can indicate that your pituitary gland or hypothalamus have an issue, which can cause secondary ovarian failure.
Low FSH levels can also occur if you are severely underweight or suffer from anorexia nervosa.
Further investigation is required to determine the cause and any appropriate treatment.
How To Test Follicle-stimulating Hormone?
The Follicle-stimulating Hormone Test allows you to accurately check your levels of Follicle-stimulating Hormone in a fingerprick blood sample.
You can check your Follicle-stimulating Hormone levels by buying a home fingerprick blood test kit below. Your sample is then professionally analysed in an accredited laboratory for total reassurance. The Vitall Female Hormones (Menopause) Home Test Kit includes a Follicle-stimulating Hormone test and is available for just £59.
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