Why Test Hormones?
Hormones can be a useful part of many different treatment strategies. The hormone profile is a comprehensive look at all the major hormones. By measuring all the major hormones together and at one time, one can determine their interactions and how to optimize their balance.
Good hormones are like clean oil in the engine. Hormones make everything function better when they are optimal. They improve stamina, cognitive function, and general well-being. They reduce heart disease, improve bone density, and prevent aging and conditions of aging such as neurologic conditions, diabetes, and even some cancers.
The key to healthy hormone use is testing levels to make sure hormones are in normal range, but also in balance with one another. Hormone health can be a life-changing event for many people. Restoring balance gives people a sense of youthfulness and returned self. Hormones working together in concert are critical for proper functioning and prevention of many age-related conditions.
A decision to use either serum or salivary hormone testing is multifactorial. Healthcare Testing Solutions and Dunwoody Labs sees the merit of both under certain circumstances and makes both available.
Specific Male and Female profiles are also available. Also available on request is di-hydroxytestosterone.
Why Test Serum Hormone Levels?
Hormonal imbalance in men and women can result in a wide array of symptoms and may increase the risk of many conditions including infertility, sexual dysfunction, heart disease, immune weakness, and osteoporosis.
For women, hormones influence many aspects of physical and emotional well-being throughout their lives. Men with hormonal imbalance may experience muscle loss, fatigue, and decreased libido. Optimizing hormone levels can alleviate symptoms for both women and men.
Hormones are powerful substances and are constantly held in a delicate balance by our bodies. They are transported throughout the body and are important for growth, development and overall well-being.
Some people may feel great with high levels of hormones, while others feel better with only moderate levels.
Measuring your hormone levels with laboratory testing is the first step toward resolving symptoms of hormonal imbalance. Hormone levels are tested before treatment begins, and regularly during therapy to maintain balance.
Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance in Women
• Weight gain
• Abdominal cramps
• Sleep disturbances
• Mood swings
• General unhappiness
• Hot flashes
• Urinary incontinence
• Night Sweats
• Sleep disturbances
• Low sex drive
Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance in Men
• Muscle weakness or decreased muscle mass
• Increased abdominal fat
• Male pattern balding
• Poor memory
• Erectile dysfunction
• Decreased libido
• Bone loss
What Does the Serum Hormone Profile Test For?
The Serum Hormone Profile is a comprehensive evaluation of six major hormones:
Estriol (E3) – E3 is the least potent estrogen and is produced in the highest amount during pregnancy. It is often used to help reduce hot flashes and vaginal dryness.
Estradiol (E2) – E2 is the most active of the estrogens. In premenopausal women, E2 stimulates the growth and development of breasts and female reproductive organs. In postmenopausal women, E2 helps maintain collagen production, bone turnover, and brain activity. Estradiol is also involved in immune activation.
Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) – FSH stimulates the production of eggs and sperm and is often measured to evaluate infertility, abnormal menstruation, and is an indicator of menopause.
Luteinizing Hormone (LH) – LH is measured to evaluate infertility in both men and women as well as determine the onset of menopause.
Progesterone (P) – Progesterone is measured to determine ovulation and evaluate the risk of miscarriage. It is known to affect reproduction but also is associated with sleep quality, mood, appetite, memory and sexual activity.
Sex Hormone Binding Globulin – Sex hormone binding globulin is a protein that binds and transports hormones. SHBG is often measured with testosterone to evaluate infertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), acne, and abnormal hair growth.
Testosterone (T), Total – Testosterone is a hormone found in both men and women that is synthesized from cholesterol. In males, it is measured to evaluate infertility, low sex drive, and bone health. Testosterone imbalance in women may be associated with thinning hair, acne, irregular cycles, or excessive hair growth.
Testosterone (T), Free – Free testosterone is the measurement of testosterone not bound to sex hormone binding globulin and may be used to evaluate erectile dysfunction, bone loss, and infertility.
Estrogen/Progesterone Ratio – This ratio helps determine overall estrogen and progesterone balance, aside from the individual measurements.
Evaluating these hormones provides a comprehensive assessment of how the hormones interact together and offer insights in correcting hormonal imbalances. Properly balanced hormones help improve stamina, mood, and overall well-being. They can help reduce heart disease, improve bone density, prevent aging and associated conditions such as diabetes. Monitoring hormone levels using serum testing is useful in making sure levels are within normal range and in balance with other hormones. This test can also be used during hormone replacement therapy to monitor treatment.
How is Hormonal Imbalance Treated?
Doctors may prescribe bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, nutritional supplementation (vitamins, minerals, and detoxification nutrients), diet and lifestyle changes to maintain hormonal balance.
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