follicle-stimulating hormone

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Definition of follicle-stimulating hormone

: a hormone produced by the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland that stimulates the growth of the ovum-containing follicles in the ovary and activates sperm-forming cells abbreviation FSH

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Here’s how that might work: The pituitary gland regulates levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), which then prepare ovarian follicles for maturation. Mary Claire Lagroue, SELF, "Why Is PCOS Still So Hard for Doctors to Understand?," 12 Sep. 2019 Insulin resistance may also affect how the pituitary gland regulates your levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), both of which prepare those ovarian follicles for maturation. Mary Claire Lagroue, SELF, "Can Diet and Exercise Actually Improve PCOS Symptoms?," 23 Apr. 2019 This effectively tells your brain to decrease its production of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), which is responsible for developing a follicle to release an egg in ovulation. Natasha Lavender, SELF, "Here's How Emergency Contraception Actually Works," 1 Apr. 2019 That often includes injectable medication containing a follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), a luteinizing hormone (LH), or a combination of both to stimulate more than one egg to develop at a time, the organization says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Comedian Tig Notaro Worries That IVF After Breast Cancer Was a Risky Choice," 3 Aug. 2018 The rise in multiple birth rates, according to the organization, is associated with expanded use of fertility therapies and older maternal ages at childbearing because of elevated follicle-stimulating hormone levels. Barry Adams, The Seattle Times, "Wisconsin high school has 17 sets of twins," 10 Jan. 2018 That meant injections of follicle-stimulating hormones, an egg-retrieval process that left her feeling miserable, and a series of shrinking numbers: from 23 eggs to just two genetically intact, fertilized embryos. Anndee Hochman, Philly.com, "The Parent Trip: Talissa Ford of Graduate Hospital neighborhood," 29 Nov. 2017 According to Women Who Experienced Them An ovarian reserve test generally consists of a blood and/or urine analysis to determines levels of the hormones inhibin B, anti-mullerian hormone (AMH), and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). Health.com, "This Popular Fertility Test Might Be a Total Waste of Time—Here's Why," 11 Oct. 2017

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follicle-stimulating hormone

noun

Medical Definition of follicle-stimulating hormone

: a hormone from an anterior lobe of the pituitary gland that stimulates the growth of the ovum-containing follicles in the ovary and that activates sperm-forming cells

called also follitropin

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