Women - Take the Hormone Balance Test
PERSONAL HORMONE PORTRAIT
by John R. Lee, M.D., Dr. David Zava, and Virginia Hopkins
Please Note: The information contained in this Hormone Balance Test is not intended to replace a one-to-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, and is not intended as medical advice, but as guidelines for determining the underlying cause of your symptoms. You are encouraged to make your health care decisions in partnership with a qualified health care professional.
- SYMPTOM GROUP 1
Progesterone deficiency: this is the most common hormone imbalance among women of all ages. You may need to change your diet, get off of synthetic hormones (including birth control pills), and you may need to use some progesterone cream. (This is explained in detail in Dr. Lee's books, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause and What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About PREMenopause). You may also want to consider a hormone test for progesterone and estradiol.
- SYMPTOM GROUP 2
Estrogen deficiency: This hormone imbalance is most common in menopausal women; especially if you are petite and/or slim. You may need to make some special changes to your diet; take some women's herbs; and some women may even need a little bit of natural estrogen (about one-tenth the dose prescribed by most doctors). You may also want to consider a hormone test for the estrogen estradiol.
- SYMPTOM GROUP 3
Excess estrogen: In women, this is most often solved by getting off of the conventional synthetic hormones most often prescribed by doctors for menopausal women. You might enjoy this article: How to Get Off HRT. Once you're on a natural hormone regimen, you may want to get a comprehensive saliva test, Hormone Profile III.
- SYMPTOM GROUP 4
Estrogen dominance: This is caused when you don't have enough progesterone to balance the effects of estrogen. Thus, you can have low estrogen but if you have even lower progesterone, you can have symptoms of estrogen dominance. Many women between the ages of 40 and 50 suffer from estrogen dominance. This topic is covered in much detail in Dr. Lee's timeless book, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You about Menopause. And consider testing for Hormone Profile I or just test for progesterone and estradiol.
- SYMPTOM GROUP 5
Excess androgens (male hormones): This is most often caused by too much sugar and simple carbohydrates in the diet and is often found in women who have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). You can find out more about PCOS in What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About PREmenopause. And try hormone testing for progesterone, estradiol and testosterone.
- SYMPTOM GROUP 6
Cortisol deficiency: this is caused by tired adrenals, which is usually caused by chronic stress. If you're trying to juggle a job and a family, chances are good you have tired adrenals. There are great chapters on restoring your adrenal function in both the Menopause and the PREmenopause books. And try hormone testing for Adrenal Function or one of the individual Cortisol tests.
MORE HELP ON WHICH HORMONE TEST(S) TO ORDER
There are suggestions after each Symptom Group above, but if you're still confused, try these guidelines:
If you haven't had a hormone level test before, or you fit into more than one category above, it's ideal if you can get "The Works," Saliva Hormone Profile III or the Female Hormone Blood Spot Profile II to give you the big picture. This is a great way to get baseline measurements of your hormones, and a very informative and comprehensive analysis from the experts at ZRT Lab.
If you fit into more than one category above not including fatigue, try saliva or blood spot Hormone Profile I.
If you just want the basics, use the blood spot test for progesterone, estradiol and testosterone.
If you have estrogen dominance symptoms and want just a bare bones look at your hormones, just use the blood spot test for progesterone and estradiol.
If you recently started supplementing with progesterone and only want to find out whether your levels are within "normal" ranges, just use the blood spot test for progesterone.
If you have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and/or symptoms of excess male hormones such as excess hair growth, use the blood spot tests for progesterone, testosterone and fasting insulin.
If you have PMS, endometriosis, infertility or postpartum blues, you'll get a lot of helpful information from one of the Hormone Profiles.