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If you already read our “What does everything mean?” mini series, you might already know what FSH stands for. If you don’t, do not worry! Just stick to this entry because we are going to dive into it a little bit more.
FSH stands for Follicle-Stimulating Hormone and, before Anti-Mullerian Hormone (which is really important in the fertility journey) FSH was the main thing. Learn more about AMH here.
Over the years, the fertility world has made amazing advances and one of those was the discovery of AMH (Anti-Mullerian Hormone) being more reliable than the FSH, which used to be the main test doctors relaid on, so if AMH is more accurate, is FSH still important?
The answer is YES! FSH can still give back important information. Here is a list of what Follicle-Stimulating Hormone may help with:
- It’s primary responsibility is stimulating growth of the follicles that contain your eggs. In other words, FSH helps set the stage for ovulation to occur.
- The Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH) level rises as you approach menopause. This is because as you get older and your egg count dwindles, your body has to work harder to prepare an egg for ovulation.
- Although Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH) does not tell you about your ability to get pregnant today and it also can’t determine if you’ve reached menopause, coupled with a few other tests (like AMH and E2) it can provide insight to your reproductive timeline.
Again these are only a few of the things FSH (Follicle-Stimulating Hormone) can help with. We encourage you to always talk to your doctor to see what kind of testing is better to give you an insight on your reproductive health. Feel free to contact us for a free consultation with our specialists.