Why get a Women’s Hormone Panel?
Our Women’s Hormone Panel is a simple blood test that measures various hormones in a woman’s body. These tests provide information that aid healthcare providers in analyzing hormonal balance, diagnosing hormonal disorders, monitoring reproductive health, and investigating symptoms related to hormonal imbalances.
Who Should get Women’s Hormone Panel?
The Women’s Hormone Panel, measures various hormones in a woman’s body. The panel may be recommended for different individuals based on their specific healthcare needs and symptoms. Generally, the following groups of people may benefit from a Women’s Hormone Panel:
- Menstruating Women with Irregular Periods. Women who experience irregular menstrual cycles, heavy or prolonged periods, or missed periods may undergo hormone testing to assess hormonal imbalances or underlying conditions.
- Women with Fertility Concerns. Couples struggling with infertility may opt for hormone panels to evaluate hormonal factors affecting fertility, such as follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH), estradiol, and progesterone levels.
- Perimenopausal and Menopausal Women. Hormone panels are often used to monitor hormone levels during perimenopause and menopause.
- Women with Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance. Women experiencing symptoms of hormonal imbalance, such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and vaginal dryness, may undergo hormone testing to identify the underlying causes and guide treatment.
- Women suspected of having PCOS, a hormonal disorder, may undergo hormone panels to assess levels of hormones such as testosterone, LH, and FSH, which can be elevated in PCOS.
- Women experiencing symptoms such as mood swings, weight changes, acne, hirsutism (excess body hair), or hair loss may undergo hormone testing to identify potential underlying hormonal causes.
It’s essential to consult with a healthcare provider to determine if a Women’s Hormone Panel is appropriate for your specific situation. Based on your medical history, symptoms, and healthcare goals, your provider can recommend the appropriate hormone tests and interpret the results to guide treatment or management decisions.
What’s in the Panel:
The Women’s Hormone Panel analyzes a woman’s general health. These panel includes:
- Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate (DHEA-S)
- Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)
- Luteinizing Hormone (LH)
- Progesterone II
- 1 mL serum collected in SST
- No special preparation needed
Turn Around Time
Approximately 1 week (3-7 Business Days)
Individual Test Information
- Cortisol – The adrenal glands produce this hormone, and healthcare providers can measure its levels to assess stress and adrenal function. Chronic stress can impact hormonal balance.
- DHEA-S – Both men and women produce DHEA-S in their adrenal glands. It plays an important role in immune function and stress response. Symptoms of high levels of DHEA-S in women include:
- menstrual irregularities,
- increase muscularity,
- hair loss at the top of the head
- Estradiol – This female sex hormone plays a role in developing and maintaining the female reproductive system. This test checks estradiol levels to monitor how well a females reproductive system is working.
- Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) – FSH is responsible for stimulating the growth of ovarian follicles. It plays a role in regulating the menstrual cycle and can also provide information about ovarian function.
- Luteinizing Hormone (LH) – LH is a hormone that stimulates the ovaries to release an egg during ovulation.
- Insulin – Elevated insulin levels can associate with insulin resistance and conditions like PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome), which can affect hormonal balance.
- Progesterone II – The ovaries produce this hormone that prepares the uterus for pregnancy and sustains it if pregnancy happens. Measuring progesterone levels can help assess the menstrual cycle and fertility.
- Testosterone – While typically thought of as a male hormone, women also produce small amounts of testosterone. An imbalance in testosterone levels can affect fertility and may associate with conditions like PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome).