Follicle Stimulating Hormone

Sunquest Code:FSH  
Epic Code:LAB86Epic Name:Follicle Stimulating Hormone
Synonyms:FSH; Gonadotropin, Pituitary
Turnaround Time:Performed and reported 24 hours/day.

Collection Instructions

Optimal Volume:2.5 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.6 mL
Container:Red or gold (gel) (Green (lithium heparin, gel), Green (lithium heparin) on ICE, Green (sodium heparin, no gel), Green (sodium heparin, no gel) on ICE, Purple (EDTA), Red (no gel))
Contraindications:Large doses of biotin (10 mg or more per day) may cause clinically significant interference in follicle stimulating hormone levels. If interference is suspected, it is strongly recommended that biotin is discontinued for at least one week prior to retesting.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Centrifuge and aliquot 1.25 mL, 0.2 mL minimum. Store in refrigerator.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature. Alternatively, ship on dry ice.
Stability:Stability: Room temperature - 24 hours; refrigerated - 7 days.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Chemistry  (UMMC-West Bank, UMMC-East Bank, Grand Itasca GICH)


Reference Range:
Male IU/L
0-7 d 3.0 or less
8-15 d 1.4 or less
16 d - 10 y 4.6 or less
11 y 0.4-8.9
12-14 y 0.5-10.7
15 y 0.4-18.5
16 y 9.7 or less
17 y 2.2-12.3
18 y and older 0.7-10.8
Female IU/L
0-7 d 3.4 or less
8-15 d 1.0 or less
16 d - 10 y 0.3-6.9
11 y 0.4-9.0
12 y 1.0-17.2
13 y 1.8-9.9
14-16 y 0.9-12.4
17 y 1.2-9.6
Premenopausal, 18 & older  
Follicular Phase 2.5-10.2
Midcycle Peak 3.4-33.4
Luteal Phase 1.5-9.1
Postmenopausal 23.0-116.3
Tanner Stages Males (IU/L) Female (IU/L)
Stage I 3.7 or less 0.4-6.7
Stage II 12.2 or less 0.5-8.7
Stage III 17.4 or less 1.2-11.4
Stage IV 0.3-8.2 0.7-12.8
 Stage V 1.1-12.9 1.0-11.6
  *Puberty onset occurs for boys at a median age of 11.5 years. For boys there is no proven relationship between puberty onset and body weight or ethnic origin. Progression through Tanner stages is variable. Tanner Stage V (adult) should be reached by age 18.   *Puberty onset (transition from Tanner Stage I to Tanner Stage II) occurs for girls at a median age of 10.5 years. There is evidence that it may occur up to 1 year earlier in obese girls and in African American girls. Progression through Tanner stages is variable. Tanner Stage V (adult) should be reached by age 18.

   Mid-Follicular Phase 24-114 pg/mL
   Mid-cycle Peak 62-534
   Luteal Phase 80-273
   Postmenopausal 20-88
Male 20-75 pg/mL
Use:Evaluation of ovarian function and evaluation of infertility in a male partner.

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