Hormones have a profound effect on your everyday health and well-being. Although present in only tiny amounts, hormones act on every cell of your body. Hormones have individual affects, but also interact with each other to produce dramatic effects in the body. Because of these interactions, they are able to trigger multiple body systems.
Types of Hormone Imbalance
There are a number of common symptoms associated with hormone imbalance(s):
Female hormone imbalance
The ovaries produce many hormones. Chief among them are estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. The ovarian hormones estrogen and progesterone interact to coordinate a woman’s menstrual cycle during her reproductive years. The brain produces the hormones follicle stimulating hormones (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) which trigger hormone production from the ovaries. When any of the hormones coming from the brain or the ovaries are imbalanced, symptoms may occur. Imbalances are most common in puberty and menopause, but imbalances can happen at any age. Several conditions are well known to be associated with hormonal imbalance including: polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, breast disease, and menstrual irregularities.
Symptoms of female hormone imbalance (in alphabetical order)
Acne or oily skin
Excess facial and body hair
Heavy or painful periods
Loss of muscle mass
Loss of scalp hair
Tender or fibrocystic breasts
Symptom Assessment and Specifications for Saliva Testing
Before deciding which hormones or hormone profiles to test, please review the WOMEN'S SYMPTOM CHECKLIST or RELATED CONDITIONS. Two or more troublesome and/or persistent symptoms in any given hormone category is indicative of imbalance. If for instance, you have symptoms that match up with one or more hormones, testing a suggested profile of interrelated hormones can confirm symptoms as well as identify the general extent of imbalance. The resulting test report provides a link between tested hormone levels and your symptoms to identify hidden hormonal imbalance.
After evaluating your symptoms be sure to read the description of each hormone profile carefully before placing your order. If you still have questions about which hormone test to select, please discuss with your healthcare practitioner. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone to speak with a member of our Customer Education team (513-831-5323) who will be happy to offer further assistance.
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