Female Basic Hormone Panel
This panel contains the following tests:
- DHEA-S– Produced primarily by the adrenal glands, DHEA is a steroid hormone in the human body. DHEA plays a fundamental role in hormone balance and for supporting one’s immune function, energy, mood, and maintenance of muscle and bone mass. Since orally administered DHEA is mostly converted to DHEA-S, coupled with the fact that DHEA-S levels are more stable in the blood than DHEA, measurement of DHEA-S is preferable to DHEA.
- Estradiol– The primary female sex hormone, estradiol is a form of estrogen responsible for regulating the menstrual cycle, skin elasticity, bone strength, bladder and vaginal health.
- Free and Total Testosterone– Feel-good hormone, testosterone helps maintain a woman’s libido, bone and muscle mass, cardiovascular health, mood, and sense of well-being. Testosterone in conjunction with estrogen is crucial in minimizing hot flashes, sleep disturbances, night sweats, and vaginal dryness.
- Progesterone– Balances the powerful effects of estrogen; imbalance between progesterone and estrogen is linked to weight gain, insomnia, anxiety, depression, migraine, cancer, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, and osteoporosis.
As women enter the menopausal years, their bodies’ production of estrogen, progesterone, and other hormones needed to maintain youthful vitality rapidly declines.
- This panel contains the most essential hormones a woman should have tested – each one crucial to supporting optimal health.
- Fasting is not required. Take all prescription medications as prescribed.
Special Note: If you are supplementing with any hormones, it is important to take them approximately 2 hours prior to having blood drawn. Any type of contraceptives that contain hormones will invalidate hormone results.