Female Hormone Panel
This is a non-invasive way of evaluating various hormones that play a role in female reproductive function.
• Samples are collected in the privacy of your own home
• Saliva is collected in 11 separate vials over the entire menstrual cycle
The Female Hormone Test can:
• Help identify hormone imbalances that may contribute to PMS and migraines
• Help identify contributing factors to infertility like polycystic ovarian syndrome
• Help identify accidental or excessive hormone exposures that may cause irregular menses
• Help identify underlying hormone abnormalities associated with painful or heavy menses
• Help identify early indicators of perimenopause
Who will benefit from taking a Female Hormone Test?
• Infertility or miscarriages
• Irregular or painful cycles
• Facial hair growth
• Low libido
• Premenstrual syndrome
(mood changes, breast tenderness, water retention, pelvic cramping)
What is tested?
Estradiol Produced by the ovaries, this is the most active form of estrogen prior to menopause. Balanced level are important for healthy menstrual cycles and fertility.
Progesterone As the words suggests, progesterone is “pro-gestational”. Progesterone prepares the endometrium (internal uterine lining) for implantation of the fertilized ovum. Abnormal levels can play a significant part in infertility and recurrent miscarriage.
DHEA Produced in the adrenal glands, this hormone is a precursor to estrogen and testosterone. Too much or too little can create an abnormal level of these hormones.
Usually referred to as a “male hormone”, testosterone influences the maintenance of muscle mass, bone density, metabolism, energy, and libido in women as well. Elevated levels are associated with symptoms such as acne and facial hair growth, and may indicate PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) which is a contributing factor to infertility.
Hormone (FSH) This hormone is released by the pituitary gland (in the brain), and regulates the production of estradiol by the ovaries.
Hormone (LH) This is another pituitary hormone, which regulates the production of progesterone which is important for ovulation.
Why saliva instead of blood?
In order for hormones to be effective, they need to be in a free state. In blood, most hormones are bound to a protein or red blood cells and are therefore inactive. It can be difficult to determine how much of a hormone measured in blood is free and therefore available to your cells. In saliva, however, hormones exist in their free state and are therefore bioavailable.