Follicle Stimulating Hormone

Abbrev Code:FSH   
Order Code:LAB86Order Name:Follicle Stimulating Hormone
Synonyms:FSH; Gonadotropin, Pituitary
Methodology:Roche: Electrochemiluminescence immunoassay (ECLIA)
Vista: Chemiluminescence
CPT Codes: 83001 x1
Turnaround Time:Performed and reported 24 hours/day.
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Collection Instructions

Optimal Volume:2.5 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.6 mL
Collection Instructions:Chemistry Tests Containers Chart
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.
Stability:Roche: 5 days at room temperature; 14 days refrigerated; 6 months frozen. 
Vista: 24 hours at room temperature; 7 days refrigerated.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Chemistry  (Roche-Grand Itasca, Roche-UMMC East, UMMC West Bank)


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.
Age Female
0-1 y 1.6-1.9 0.1-3.2
1-9 y 0.2-2.0 0.2-2.1
9-12 y 0.5-7.6 0.4-4.2
12-19 y 0.9-9.1 0.9-7.1
19 y & older see below 1.5-12.4
Follicular phase 3.5-12.5  
Ovulation phase 4.7-21.5  
Luteal phase 1.7-7.7  
Post-menopause 25.8-134.8  

Use:Evaluation of ovarian function and evaluation of infertility in a male partner.

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