Hormone Profile

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This information is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnosis, treat, cure, or
prevent disease. Abnormal test values falling outside the Normal Range will be printed in bold and noted in the
“Flag” column. Abnormal values should be reviewed by your primary physician and a copy of all testing should
be included in your medical record for future reference and comparison.

Contact Star Wellness if you have questions. Measures circulating amounts of essential hormones normally found in women. Includes the following:

Testosterone – usually thought of as a “male” hormone, testosterone has several functions and is
present in women. Low or unstable levels of testosterone have been associated with a decreased sex
drive (or libido), especially in menopausal or post-menopausal women. Low testosterone levels have
also been linked to an increased incidence of coronary vascular disease and heart attacks in men.

Luteinizing Hormone (LH) and Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) – hormones produced by
the pituitary gland which regulate the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries, and to
coordinate preparation of the uterine lining for fertilization and implantation. The normal blood
concentrations of LH and FSH vary during the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and menopause, and
measurement of these hormones is useful in the diagnosis of infertility, menopause, and certain
tumors.

Progesterone – a hormone that is also made by the adrenal glands in women, progesterone prepares
the uterus for pregnancy and the breasts for milk production. This test can be used to detect
ovulation and to monitor patients on progesterone replacement therapy.

DHEA Sulfate – a hormone produced by the adrenal glands. This test is used to evaluate the
function of the adrenal glands. DHEA Sulfate is the major source of androgens (male hormones) in
women. Excessive levels can cause virilism (male body characteristics) or hirsutism (excessive hair
growth). Adrenal gland dysfunction can result in infertility, early menopause, and precocious puberty.

Estradiol – the most important of the estrogen hormones, estradiol performs many varied functions
in females. It stimulates the proliferation of the uterine lining during the first half of the menstrual
cycle. Measuring estradiol levels is useful in evaluating menstrual and fertility problems, as well as the
menopausal state.

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