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Luteinizing Hormone (FSH)

Luteinizing hormone (LH) is a peptide hormone of the adenohypophysis. LH is a gonadotropin and stimulates testosterone production of the leydig cells in the testis. The release of LH is stimulated by GnRH from the hypothalamus. Testosterone inhibits the release of LH (negative feedback).

Standard Value for men:

Depending on laboratory 1–10 U/l.

Laboratory test method:

Sandwich ELISA.


Screening test (together with testosterone) for gonadal endocrine disorders (hypogonadism or hypergonadism). For abnormal testosterone levels, a low LH concentration suggests a hypogonadotrophic hypogonadism or hypergonadism, an elevated LH concentration a hypergonadotrophic dysfunction. Please see also section hypogonadism and hypergonadism for further differential diagnosis.

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