Female Hormone Blood Test
The Female Hormone Blood Test measures the hormone level in the female body. It can monitor hormone therapy and diagnose conditions such as PCOS and menopause, using a simple finger-prick blood test.
Who is this for?
Luteinising Hormone (LH) is made by your pituitary gland and plays a vital role in healthy sexual function. In women, LH helps to regulate the menstrual cycle and ovulation. It is also critical to triggering the release of eggs from the ovaries, and Luteinising Hormone levels increase significantly before ovulation. LH is essential when checking female fertility levels, as imbalanced LH levels can cause fertility issues in the long run.
Testosterone is a steroid hormone found in males and females however, its role is amplified in males. It is responsible for the regulation of libido, bone and muscle mass, mood changes and fertility determination. The testosterone levels are prevalent in men during puberty when it peaks and often decreases over age. An increase in testosterone levels is associated with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and testicular issues in males.
T4 is produced in the pituitary gland of the body and is stimulated by the TSH hormone. The body needs a balance of thyroid functions to maintain its health and perform bodily functions effectively. A high level of T4 can indicate hyperthyroidism and a low level of T4 can point to hypothyroidism.
The Oestradiol Blood Test can detect the levels of Oestradiol in the blood. Women who have attained the age of 50 and above, and are on their way to menopause have the lowest amounts of Oestradiol in their blood. This can lead to hot flashes, infertility issues, osteoporosis, night sweats and mood swings. A hormonal imbalance can significantly affect the physical and mental well being of an individual. Men that are concerned about abnormal breast tissue growth and women facing abnormal menstrual cycles can take the Oestradiol Blood Test to find the underlying issue.
Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) is made in the pituitary glands and plays an essential role in sexual functioning. FSH is one of the gonadotropic hormones, the other being LH. FSH helps regulate the women's ovaries and stimulates the growth of ovarian follicles. FSH is also involved in oestradiol products. For this reason, FSH is part of Welzo's cutting edge female fertility home test due to its vital role in healthy female sexual function.
Sex Hormone Binding Globulin is a protein present in the bloodstream. SHBG is produced by the liver. The role of SHBG is to bind testosterone and oestradiol for circulating in the tissues of the body. The concentration of SHBG is directly relative to the level of hormones in males or females. SHBG is checked to detect low levels of testosterone in males and high levels in females.
TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) or thyrotropin is secreted by thyroid gland, located in the throat, and can help identify cases of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Both the excess and under secretion of TSH can lead to weight loss, anxiety, palpitations, irregular sleep patterns and irregular menstrual cycles. Hypothyroidism is majorly associated with overlapping symptoms as menopause.
Why take the test?
The Female Hormone blood test checks the level of hormones in your blood test. It can help you identify if the persisting symptoms (such as hair loss, weight gain, and irregular menstrual cycle) are due to an underlying cause. Many females are known to suffer from hormonal disorders such as PCOS or PCOD. This hormonal disorder can also negatively impact your mood causing symptoms of anxiety and depression. PCOS is a condition affecting females that stops the body from ovulating. It can diagnose the cause of your irregular periods and check for normal thyroid functioning as well as levels of fertility hormones.
If you're a woman, your doctor may order a female hormone blood test to measure the levels of hormones in your body. These tests can help to diagnose conditions like PCOS or menopause, and can also be used to monitor the effectiveness of hormone therapy.
The most common hormones tested are oestrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Your doctor may also order tests for other hormones, such as luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH).
To prepare for a female hormone blood test, your doctor will likely tell you to:
- Avoid taking birth control pills or other hormonal medications for at least two weeks before the test
- Avoid drinking alcohol for 24 hours before the test
- Fast (not eat or drink) for at least eight hours before the test
The results of a female hormone blood test can take a few days to a week to come back. Your doctor will discuss the results with you and explain what they mean in relation to your health.
Have you been feeling any of these symptoms lately?
The Female Hormone Blood Test is suitable for individuals experiencing one or more of the following symptoms:
1. Fatigue / Tiredness
2. Abnormal hair growth
3. PCOS or PCOD
4. Fertility issues
5. Weight Gain
6. Hair loss
Experts Opinion on Female Hormone Testing
"Hormones are very important for a multitude of functions in the body and abnormal hormone balances can cause all sorts of symptoms such as weight gain, mood changes, tiredness, irregular periods, etc. Inappropriate levels can also lead to long-term diseases such as osteoporosis, and even early menopause."
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