What Do FSH Levels Mean?

Q:
What do FSH levels mean?

A:
Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) is a kind of gonadotropin, glycoprotein polypeptide hormone. It is important in regulating the development, growth, pubertal maturation, and reproductive processes of your body.

Normally, FSH levels are low during childhood and are high in females after menopause. High levels of FSH indicate that the normal restricting feedback from the gonad is absent, which may lead to an unrestricted pituitary FSH production. While low levels of FSH indicate the failure of gonadal function (hypogonadism) which is more common among males.

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