About the test
This test measures four essential hormones that are known to affect men’s overall health and wellness
This test will measure your estradiol, testosterone, DHEA, and cortisol to determine if your levels are within the normal range. Together, these hormone levels can offer a broad overview of your hormonal balance and overall health and wellness.
Estradiol (E12) is the strongest of the three naturally occurring estrogens. Although it is the primary female hormone, estradiol is found in all sexes. The estrogen in men is mainly formed from testosterone by aromatase, an enzyme commonly found in belly fat. It is involved in sperm maturation and helps maintain a healthy libido. Estradiol also plays a role in maintaining bones, improving blood flow in coronary arteries, brain function, and male fertility. In men, estradiol levels naturally increase with age.
Free testosterone refers to the testosterone that is not attached to proteins. Total testosterone includes free testosterone and testosterone bound to the proteins in the blood. In men, testosterone is responsible for the development of sexual characteristics, facial and body hair, increased sexual drive, and sperm production. While it’s often regarded as the primary male sex hormone, testosterone is essential for bone density, libido, body fat distribution, and muscle mass across all sexes.
DHEA, or dehydroepiandrosterone, is an androgen hormone primarily produced by the adrenal glands. In men, the testes and brain also make a small amount. DHEA is a precursor hormone, meaning it has little biological effect on its own. However, when it’s converted into other hormones like testosterone and estrogen, it has powerful effects. DHEA peaks in early adulthood and gradually decreases with age.
Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced in the adrenal glands and released in response to stressors like illness and exercise. While it’s often referred to as the “stress hormone,” cortisol also has many other bodily roles, including blood sugar and energy metabolism regulation. Typically, cortisol levels are highest in the morning and lowest in the middle of the night.
Experiencing symptoms that may be related to hormonal imbalance?
- Sleep disturbance
- Low libido
- Erectile dysfunction