Find Out Your Free Hormone Levels With A Home Health Test
Not feeling like yourself or deciding to take better charge of your health? This comprehensive at-home hormone test kit can get you started quickly. Hormones play major roles in human health. Learn about your body and hormones you probably never knew you had. No more guessing! The test includes a consultation to review your results.
Measures “Free” Levels of 11 Hormones:
- Cortisol AM
- Melatonin AM
What Is The Difference Between Total Hormone Levels And Free?
Comprehensive hormone tests measure “free” levels, which are the amount of the hormone that can be used by the body. This is known as bioavailability. A total or “simple” test measures the entire amount in the blood. The free level of any sex hormone can be low compared to its total level if there is an excess of sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG). SBGH is a protein that attaches itself to sex hormones making them not usable to the body. A total hormone test can be a first step in identifying imbalance and then determining whether further testing or treatment may be required.
What Is Testosterone?
Testosterone is a sex hormone known as an androgen. It is mostly associated with male secondary sex characteristics but testosterone is not unique to men. Testosterone also plays an important role in women’s reproductive health and sexual health. Testosterone is measured in nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL)
What Are Estradiol, Estrone, Estriol?
Estradiol, estrone, and estriol are the body’s three estrogens. These three hormones are known as estrogens. They are responsible for female secondary sex characteristics and are naturally higher in women but also present in men. Estradiol is the strongest estrogen. Estrone is a weak estrogen and the only estrogen that the female body continues to make after menopause. Estrone is also present in young women during menarche, their first period. Estriol is the weakest hormone and is highest during pregnancy. Normal levels help indicate the health of the fetus.
Why Should I Measure 17-OH-progesterone?
17-OH progesterone or hydroxyprogesterone (OHP) is a female sex hormone produced by the adrenal glands. It is also present in men. 17-OH progesterone belongs to a class of hormones called progestogens. Elevated levels in women can cause hair growth in areas where adult men have hair (hirsutism), absence of period (amenorrhea), or a deep voice. Abnormally high levels in men and woman may indicate tumors of the adrenal gland or congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH). 17-OH progesterone is one of the main building blocks of the hormone cortisol.
What Does High Cortisol Mean?
Elevated cortisol can be attributed to or lead to conditions such as diabetes, weight gain, panic disorder, and high blood pressure. It is one of the body’s three “fight or flight” hormones. During moments of high-stress, cortisol levels surge to provide the body with energy to withstand the threatening situation. Cortisol also controls how the body uses (metabolizes) proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates found in food. It maintains a steady blood sugar level to sustain your energy throughout the day. Testing cortisol can help uncover conditions affecting the pituitary or adrenal glands. Insufficient cortisol could indicate Addison disease and more. Cortisol is highest in the morning.
What Is The Difference Between Progesterone And 17-OH-Progesterone?
Both hormones are progestogens that are produced by the adrenal glands in men and women. Additionally, women’s ovaries and placenta produce progesterone. Male gonads produce progesterone. Progesterone’s key role in women is to facilitate and support fertilization and pregnancy. In men, progesterone counteracts the feminizing effects of estrogen. Although 17-OH-progesterone is also involved in pregnancy, its most important function is in the development of the hormone cortisol. Low 17-OH-progesterone can lead to cortisol deficiency.
What Does Melatonin Do?
Melatonin helps control the sleep and wake cycle (circadian rhythm) and may help regulate the menstrual cycle in women. The pineal gland in the brain secrets melatonin. Symptoms of low melatonin may include an irregular sleep pattern, lack of dreams, and inability to focus. Melatonin secretion is stimulated by darkness and is normally lowest during the day.
What Are The Symptoms Of DHT And DHEA Imbalance?
Both dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) are androgens. Like other androgens (male hormones) abnormally-high DHT and DHEA in women can cause male-type hair growth, deep voice, low libido and change of appearance of the sex organs and other conditions. In both men and women, elevated levels of each can also cause acne and hair loss. High DHT in men can cause benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement aka BPH). Low levels in men may be associated with ED. Testing DHEA can help evaluate adrenal gland function and detect cancerous tumors. Depending on age and health history, high DHEA and DHT also have benefits in men, all of which can be discussed with a medical professional.
Why Should I Test My Androstenedione Hormone Level?
Elevated or deficient androstenedione may indicate adrenal dysfunction. Measuring androstenedione can help detect adrenal tumors and evaluate ovarian and testicular function. Androstenedione is an androgen and also a prohormone. Prohormones can be converted by the body into other hormones.