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Hormonal imbalances can take place at any age and affect both men and women. Many women experience side effects when dealing with menopause and hormone imbalance. Unstable hormone levels can lead to chronic symptoms and disorders that can disrupt daily activity. Some of these symptoms include but are not limited to: unexpected weight gain, hot flashes, migraines, depression, difficulty sleeping, loss of libido, and fatigue.
The primary hormone of importance in females is estrogen, which exists in three different forms in the body: estrone (E1), estradiol (E2), estriol (E3). Other important hormones include progesterone (P4), testosterone, and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). These substances may help restore natural balance in the body and may help alleviate chronic symptoms arising from imbalance.
Symptoms Of Low Progesterone Include:
- Weight gain
- Decreased sex drive, mood swings, and depression
- PMS, irregular menstrual cycle, heavy bleeding
- Breast tenderness, fibrocystic breasts
- Fibroids, endometriosis
- Gallbladder problems
- Thyroid dysfunction
Hormones tested in the saliva profiles include:
Blood Spot Testing
- Triiodothyronine (T3), free
- Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPO)
- Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG)
- Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF-1)
- Progesterone (Pg)
- Thyroxine (T4), free
- Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
- Testosterone, total
- Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)
- Estradiol (E2)
Combination Saliva And Capillary Blood Spot
In saliva: Estradiol (E2), Progesterone (Pg), Testosterone (T), DHEA, and the four diurnal Cortisols.
In bloodspot: free T3, free T4, TSH and TPO antibodies