Hormones – Female

 

Why test? There are many reasons that your hormones might be out of balance. For example: Irregular, absent or skipped periods, spotting or heavy bleeding, tender or swollen breasts, uterine fibroids, foggy things, depressed, mood swings, insomnia, menopause, vaginal dryness, incontinence, weight gain hips or waist, high cholesterol, increased triglycerides, decreased libido, thinning hair, bone loss, aches & pains and stiffness for example.

Knowing your hormone levels is first step in assessing where your hormones may be out of balance.

Types of hormones tested:

  • 17-β Estradiol – a steroid and estrogen sex hormone.
  • Progesterone – a hormone that prepares the body for pregnancy, regulates monthly menstrual cycle and a role in sexual desire.
  • Testosterone – a steroid hormone linked to male sex drive and physical traits; women also need testosterone in small amounts, which are produced in the adrenal glands and ovaries.
  • DHEA-S- a steroid hormone made in the adrenal glands, a precursor to sex hormones (both male and female)
  • Cortisol – a steroid hormone released in response to stress and low blood glucose levels.