What is the follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH)?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Follicle-stimulating hormone or FSH is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland that, among other roles, stimulates production of eggs in women.  Watch the animation to learn more about FSH and ovulation.

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) is produced in the pituitary gland to control reproductive functions in both men and women. In women, FSH stimulates the growth of ovarian follicles and the production of estradiol during the first half of the menstrual cycle. FSH levels increase after menopause. In men, FSH is what stimulates the production of sperm and semen.
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