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Follicle stimulating hormone

Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) is produced by the pituitary gland in the brain. It is an important hormone for normal functioning of the reproductive system in men and women.

In women, FSH helps control the menstrual cycle and the production of eggs by the ovaries. The amount of FSH varies throughout a woman's menstrual cycle and is highest just before she releases an egg (ovulates). 

In men, FSH helps control the production of sperm and the amount of FSH in men normally remains stable after puberty.  

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The endocrine system is made up of various glands located throughout the body. Together with the nervous system, it controls and regulates all bodily functions. While the nervous system uses nerve impulses as a means of control, the endocrine system uses chemical messenger molecules called hormones. These hormones are released by the endocrine glands into the blood stream, where they seek out specific target tissues. The targets have receptors that accept the hormones like fitting a key to a lock. Some of the hormones targets are other glands they are secreted by one gland and travel to another, where they stimulate the production and secretion of another hormone that then takes action. An example of this is the hypothalamus gland (see table on Tests page) that releases thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH). This hormone stimulates the pituitary gland to release thyrotropin (more commonly called TSH or thyroid-stimulating hormone). TSH in turn stimulates the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), which help to regulate the rate of metabolism.

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