This panel tests your Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and Luteinizing Hormone (LH) levels.
FSH is produced by the pituitary gland and stimulates the ovaries to produce the follicle. A high FSH level (generally over 11) suggests that the follicles are not responding as well as they should be to FSH stimulation.
LH is important for ovulation in women. The LH level surges when the follicle is ready and causes release of the egg and transforms the remaining follicle into the corpus luteum to produce progesterone. The LH level is consistently high during menopause. LH is useful in assessing the onset of menopause and, in conjunction with the FSH, ascertaining the hormonal profile during ovulation.