FSH stands for the follicle stimulating hormone, which is naturally produced by the pituitary gland. However, FSH may be supplemented in patients that are about to undergo egg retrieval, to stimulate the maturation of several eggs.
FSH Medicine Uses
The follicle stimulating hormone is produced by the pituitary gland. When there is a pituitary gland defect and FSH is not produced in normal amounts, the patient can experience fertility problems. The levels of FSH may be lowered by contraceptive pills or menopause.
The FSH can be supplemented also before an artificial insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF), which requires several mature eggs to increase the chances of fertilization and a viable pregnancy. FSH drugs are also recommended if the patient experiences lack of ovulation or anovulation.
FSH medication is available in the form or drugs or injections, which should be administered over several weeks depending on the condition of the patient and the purpose of the treatment. In women that have ovulation problems, the treatment with FSH medicine may be needed for a longer period of time before results will appear. If the treatment is administered prior to IVF or IUI, the woman will have to be monitored to establish the exact time of ovulation.