Hormone Testing – Hormone Imbalance Test
Fairfax Hormone Testing
Salivary hormone testing was first used in 1685 with the aid of mercury. Nowadays this type of testing is used to diagnose diseases and discover hormonal imbalances. This non-invasive test checks hormones, enzymes and antibodies using a patient’s saliva. This test is often used to screen for a variety of hormonal conditions, including menopause, Cushing’s disease, HIV, cancer and hypogonadism.
Salivary testing is used to assay the biologically active compounds of the body at the cellular level. The benefits of saliva testing include affordability, accuracy, ease of collection and safety. Hormonal testing can be completed without the need for venipuncture. In addition, multiple samples can easily be obtained making it the perfect choice for tests that span several hours or days. Multiple samples allow clinicians to accurately diagnose the patient’s true hormone activity and tissue uptake.
Female Hormone Testing
The best female saliva panels check hormone levels throughout their menstrual cycle. The test checks for a variety of hormonesincluding estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, FSH and LH.
- Estrogen is known as the female sex hormone. It regulates the menstrual cycle and is the key to the development of the breasts and the endometrium. Too much estrogen can cause irregular menstruation, weight gain and depression. Too little of this hormone can result in poor sleep, fatigue, hot flashes and heart palpitations.
- Progesterone is produced by the ovaries and plays a key role in maintaining pregnancy and regulating the menstrual cycle. When a woman has too much progesterone, she may experience depression, memory loss and fluid retention. When it is too low, headaches, breast disorders and infertility can occur.
- Testosterone levels affect the elasticity of the vagina and can cause painful intercourse. Conversely, excess levels can result in breast atrophy, increase muscle mass, acne and excessive hair growth, especially on the face and chest.
- DHEA is important to the health of a woman; however, too much of a good thing is bad. Excess DHEA can cause oily skin, facial hair and insulin resistance. Low levels can cause fatigue, aching joints, low libido and weight gain.
- FSH is the follicle-stimulating hormone. An increase of FSH results in increased hot flashes, bone loss and sleep problems.
- LH is the luteinizing hormone. Elevated levels often cause polycystic ovary syndrome and premature menopause. Additionally, when LH is low, women may experience amenorrhea and eating disorders.
Male Hormone Testing
Male hormone saliva tests assay the hormones in the male body. These include Androstenedione, DHEA, DHT, Estradiol, Estrone, Progesterone and Testosterone.
- Androstenedione is produced in the adrenal glands and is converted into testosterone. When a male has low androstenedione levels, the testosterone levels will be diminished. Furthermore, estrogen levels may be increased.
- DHEA is the anti-stress hormone produced in the adrenal glands. DHEA decreases as men age; however, a deficiency can cause overwhelming fatigue, depression and low sex drive.
- DHT, or dihydrotestosterone, plays a role in the production of hair. A deficiency in this hormone can also cause BPH, an enlargement of the prostate as well as male pattern baldness.
- Estradiol is needed for bone growth, blood flow and brain functions. When levels are low, men may experience bone loss, diminished blood flow and diminished brain activity. Conversely, too much of this hormone can cause a variety of medical conditions, including an increased risk of peripheral artery disease, an increased risk heart attack or stroke and an increased risk of prostate cancer.
- Estrone is produced in the fat cells and can cause prostate and breast enlargement in males. Additionally, this sex hormone can cause loss of stamina, mood swings, thyroid dysfunctions and infertility.
- Progesterone helps to calm the nervous system. When a male has excessive progesterone, he may experience weight gain, depression and breast enlargement. Conversely, when progesterone levels are low, the risk for prostate cancer, arthritis and osteoporosis increase.
- Testosterone is the most well known sex hormone. This hormone is needed for a variety of functions including sperm production; however, if levels are too high it can cause a plethora of medical conditions, including aggression, prostate problems, increase cholesterol and hardening of the arteries.
Rose Wellness' Hormone Balancing Program
In order for males and females to obtain optimal health, the hormones must be in balance. Male and female saliva hormone tests measure the body’s production of hormones to help physicians diagnose hormonal imbalances. Once a patient’s baseline levels are found, the integrative physician can offer bioactive hormones based on the saliva testing results to help the patient experience optimal hormonal balance.
If you think Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy may be right for you, consult with our integrative physician at Rose Wellness Center specializing in hormone balancing. The initial consultation includes a comprehensive review of your medical history and an analysis of your symptoms. Our physician may request hormone testing to determine your body’s natural hormone levels. Based on your hormone test results and medical history, a personalized treatment plan will be created to help you on your journey to health and wellness. Our physician specializing in BHRT/hormone replacement therapy has over nine years of experience with bioidentical hormones and has treated hundreds of patients.
Are You Ready To Get Started
Tired of hot flashes, night sweats, or vaginal dryness? Unable to loose weight and dealing with chronic fatigue? The bioidentical hormone replacement program at Rose Wellness Center in Fairfax, Virginia is dedicated to helping you balance your hormones so you can experience a fulfilling life once again. Our compassionate practitioners and staff will give you personalized attention while you heal. Empower yourself to achieve the best health by scheduling an appointment with one of our specialists by calling 571-529-6699.
If you are visiting Rose Wellness from outside the Northern Virginia area, please let us know and we can try to make special arrangements to see you.
References and Recommended books on Natural Hormones
Read about Oprah Winfrey's experience with Bioidentical Hormones
Natural Hormone Balance for Women : Look Youngerm Feel Stronger, and Live Life WIth Exuberance, by Uzzi Reiss, MD
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause, by John R, Lee, MD, Virginia Hopkins
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