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Follicle stimulating hormone

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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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Last reviewed: August 2018

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