The Female Hormonal Health Screen is for all women who want to monitor their hormone levels. This test provides an overview of hormonal balance in both pre- and post-menopausal women, to monitor sex steroid metabolism. This provides essential information that relates to a woman’s health throughout her life.
All of the of the following tests are included:
Pregnenolone serves as a precursor to other hormones, including dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and progesterone.
The cells of both the adrenal gland and the central nervous system synthesize pregnenolone from cholesterol. Human studies show there are much higher concentrations of pregnenolone in the nervous tissue, than in the bloodstream. Animal studies indicate the concentration of pregnenolone in the brain is ten-fold higher than that of other stress-related hormones (including DHEA).
Estradiol is a sex hormone. It is often called the “female hormone”, however it also present in men. It represents the major estorogen in humans. Estradiol has not only a critical impact on reproduction and sexual function, but also affects other organs including bone structure.
Estrogens are a group of steroid hormones, named for their importance in the estrous cycle, and functioning as the primary female sex hormone. Estrogens are used as part of some oral contraceptives and in estrogen replacement therapy of postmenopausal women.
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a multi-functional steroid that has been implicated in a broad range of biological effects in humans and other mammals. DHEA is produced by adrenal glands, but also synthesized in the brain. DHEA can be understood as a prohormone for the sex steroids.
Testosterone is a steroid hormone from the androgen group. Testosterone is primarily secreted in the testes of males and the ovaries of females, although small amounts are also secreted by the adrenal glands. It is the principal male sex hormone and an anabolic steroid. In both men and women, testosterone plays a key role in health and well-being as well as in sexual functioning. Examples include enhanced libido, increased energy, increased production of red blood cells and protection against osteoporosis. On average, an adult human male body produces about forty to sixty times more testosterone than an adult female body, but females are, from a behavioral perspective (rather than from an anatomical or biological perspective), more sensitive to the hormone.
Progesterone is a steroid hormone involved in the female menstrual cycle and pregnancy.