Basic components of female hormone evaluation are
When and why should this evaluation be considered?
Common symptoms of female hormone imbalance include fatigue, abnormal weight gain, mood swings, irritability, sleep disturbances, memory problems, facial hair/acne, hot flashes, night sweats, muscle loss, bone weakness and an overall sense of poor health. In addition, younger women may experience irregular, heavy, scant or intermenstrual bleeding. In some situation, infertility is a symptom of hormone imbalance. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms on a regular basis, consider hormone evaluation.
If you have gone through menopause ...
A typical post-menopausal hormone evaluation report shows low levels of estrogens, progesterone, testosterone and pregnenolone. Usually, LH and FSH levels are elevated in the early stages of menopause and more often than not, there is an imbalance among three different types of estrogens (estrone E1, estradiol E2, estriol E3). Not doing anything about is one option. In that case, symptoms may continue or one can opt for bio-identical hormone supplementation. Everyone ages differently. Therefore, it is a good idea to choose a bio-identical hormone replacement preparation which is custom made to your unique needs.
If you have not gone through menopause ...
Based on the pattern of your cycles, your report may show imbalance among three different types of estrogens (Estrone E1, Estradiol E2, Estriol E3), progesterone and abnormally high, low or normal levels of androgenic hormones which are testosterone and DHEA-S. Young women who have not gone through menopause should have normal pregnenolone and within a normal range of LH and FSH. Because estrogen and progesterone levels vastly fluctuate during cycles, it is a good idea to obtain a comprehensive 28-day long evaluation but if cost or convenience is a concern, one day test will also provide a great deal of information and a customized treatment can be started based on these results.