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Hormones play an important role in every part of our life; they regulate every function of our body, from how we grow, our fertility, blood pressure, quality of sleep, blood sugar, sex drive, how our metabolism functions, and even our emotional and mental health.
Hormones are linked to every system in our bodies, and it is important to monitor their levels and ranges at every stage of our lives.
Estradiol: (E2) is a form of the female sex hormone, estrogen. Estradiol plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy reproductive system. Produced mainly by the ovaries, estradiol levels are highest during a woman's reproductive years. Levels decline significantly during menopause.
Free Testosterone: Testosterone is a growth hormone produced by the adrenal cortex. It is important for the maintenance of bone and muscle mass in women. However, high testosterone in women can lead to symptoms that include acne, weight gain, and infertility. Free Testosterone refers to the amount of bioavailable testosterone in the body and allows for a more thorough diagnosis.
Total Testosterone: Total Testosterone is the standard biomarker and refers to the total amount of testosterone in the body. Testosterone levels and other hormones and symptoms help assess fertility issues, weight gain, decreased sex drive, acne, osteoporosis, significant mood disorders, and other areas of our health.
Progesterone: This is a reproductive hormone involved in the development and maintenance of the reproductive organs, among other bodily functions. Abnormal levels of progesterone in women can cause symptoms such as mood changes, anxiety, and irregular menstruation.
Dehydroepiandrosterone: (DHEA) is a hormone produced by the adrenal gland. While the body uses DHEA as a precursor for other hormones, it also maintains the metabolism. Healthy DHEA levels are linked to reduced fatigue and weight loss.
Cortisol: Released by the adrenal glands, cortisol is the stress hormone that maintains the body's energy by regulating the release of glucose and the usage of this glucose as an energy source. In times of elevated stress, high cortisol causes a hormonal imbalance in women, which can lead to mood changes, disrupted sleep, and can even affect fertility.
Follicle-Stimulating Hormone: (FSH) controls the development of follicles, the source of estrogen and progesterone. FSH thus regulates the menstrual cycle and stimulates the growth of eggs in the ovaries.
Luteinizing Hormone: (LH) is the hormone responsible for ovulation. A normal hormone level for LH in the second half of the menstrual cycle tells us there are no major hormonal imbalances interfering with ovarian function.
Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone: (TSH): regulates hormone production in the thyroid. When TSH production is irregular, it can lead to symptoms of hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, including fatigue and unprecedented weight gain or weight loss.