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Serum Hormone Profile 1100

Why Test Serum Hormone Levels?

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
• Headaches
• Nausea
• Fatigue
• 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, decreased muscle mass
• Increased abdominal fat
• Male pattern balding
• Poor memory
• Fatigue
• Erectile dysfunction
• Decreased libido
• Bone loss
• Depression

What Does the Serum Hormone Profile Test For?

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 with 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 offers insight for correcting hormonal imbalance. 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 to make 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.

What should I do before I take this test?

What should I do before I take this test?

• Inform your practitioner of all medications and supplements you are currently taking.

• For menstruating women, this test should be taken on day 19-21 of your cycle (during the luteal phase) unless directed otherwise by your doctor.

• You do not have to be fasting for the Serum Hormone Profile 1100.

• Arrange serum collection for Monday-Thursday.

• See blood draw collection instructions inside test kit.

How is Hormonal Imbalance Treated?

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.