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Hormones We Test

Cortisol

This is the adrenal “stress hormone” that is elevated with both physical or emotional stressors and it plays a role in the metabolism of proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates.

LH/FSH

Regulate and stimulate the growth and function of the ovaries and is used to evaluate fertility issues and function of other reproductive organs.

Progesterone

To help determine the cause of infertility, track ovulation, help diagnose an ectopic or failing pregnancy, monitor the health of a pregnancy, monitor progesterone replacement therapy, or help diagnose the cause of abnormal uterine bleeding.

Testosterone

In women is useful in the determination of risk for cardiovascular disease but the most frequent cause of elevated testosterone levels, is polycystic ovarian syndrome, however high levels are also associated with insulin resistance, abdominal obesity, abnormal lipids, and chronic inflammation.

SHBG

Produced by the liver, SHBG is a protein that is tightly bound to testosterone, estrogen and DHT. SHBG is a mechanism for transporting these hormones in inactive form. These levels can effect the amount of testosterone that is used by the body’s tissues.

Estradiol/Estrone/Estriol

There are 3 major biologically active estrogens in humans: estrone (E1), estradiol (E2), and estriol (E3).  To measure or monitor your estrogen levels; to detect an abnormal level or hormone imbalance; to monitor treatment for infertility or symptoms of menopause.

Prolactin

Prolactin is a hormone that is best known for its role in enabling milk production. Prolactin plays an essential role in metabolism, regulation of the immune system and pancreatic development. The hormone counteracts the effect of dopamine. Elevated levels of prolactin decrease the levels of sex hormones — estrogen in women and testosterone in men.

Pregnenolone

Pregnenolone is the first steroid to be derived from cholesterol in the pathway of steroidogenesis, and it is the common precursor for all of the adrenal and gonadal steroids.

Dihydrotestosterone (DHT)

DHT is an endogenous androgen sex steroid and hormone. It is produced from the less potent testosterone by the enzyme 5α-reductase in select tissues, and is the primary androgen in the genitals, prostate gland, seminal vesicles, skin, and hair follicles.

Why use the Urinary Hormones & Metabolites profile?

In conventional hormone testing, basic parent hormones are usually measured in blood. However, urinary hormone testing with Complete Hormones provides several advantages:

  • Urinary hormone testing provides a more comprehensive look at hormone metabolism
  • Emerging research reinforces the potential relationship of disease risk with downstream metabolites, especially those of the 4-hydroxylation estrogen pathway, which are not routinely measured in blood or salivary testing
  • Evaluation of stress-hormone metabolic pathways provides an indicator of balance between anabolic and catabolic metabolism
  • Offers convenient, at-home collection of a first-morning or 24-hour specimen

Imbalanced hormone production affects a wide range of body functions, producing symptoms that negatively affect the quality of life and may increase the risk for hormone-related diseases. Identification and targeted treatment of hormonal imbalances using customized hormone and/or nutritional therapies improves symptoms, quality of life, and may reduce disease risk.

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