Testing for hormones in the body is one of the first steps in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. The goal of initial testing for hormones is to establish baseline for a treatment protocol. A provider who specializes in bioidentical hormones is able to correctly interpret your hormonal test results in order to determine precisely which hormones are either too high or low. Your provider will then use the results to customize your prescription for an amount particular to your hormonal results. Follow-up testing is needed to ensure your bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is effectively balancing and/or maintaining optimal hormone levels. Bioidentical hormone testing can be accomplished through a variety of methods, however testing for hormones through a blood test or urine test has a track record of being the most accurate means of measuring hormone levels as well as being covered by most insurance plans. Testing may include the measurement of the following:
Estradiol: Estradiol is the primary sex hormone of childbearing women. It is formed from developing ovarian follicles. Estradiol is responsible for female characteristics and sexual functioning. Also, estradiol is important to women’s bone health.
Progesterone: Progesterone helps prepare the lining of the uterus (endometrium) to receive the egg if it becomes fertilized by a sperm. If the egg is not fertilized, progesterone levels drop and menstrual bleeding begins.
Testosterone: Testosterone is an androgen. If your body produces too much testosterone, you may have irregular or absent menstrual periods. You may also have more body hair than the average woman. Some women with high testosterone levels develop frontal balding. Other possible effects include acne, an enlarged clitoris, increased muscle mass, and deepening of voice.
Cortisol: Cortisol is made by the adrenal glands. Hormones are regulated in these glands.
Here at BioHormones Inc. we will provide you with a customized hormonal panel to determine your own deficiences. Call us at 224-653-8324 for more information.