This test measures four hormones that can affect your ability to become pregnant
This test measures four hormones essential to women’s fertility: LH, FSH, estradiol, and testosterone. Together, they can give you a better understanding of your reproductive health.
Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland. In women, it stimulates the growth of eggs in the ovaries. FSH levels increase with age as a result of diminished ovarian reserve.
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 ovaries produce estradiol. As one of the main sex hormones responsible for ovulation, it is vital to reproductive health and pregnancy in people who can get pregnant. After menopause, estradiol levels decline significantly. Estradiol also plays a role in developing bone and female-associated sex characteristics and is needed for optimal brain and reproductive system functioning.
Testosterone, often regarded as the male sex hormone, is essential for libido, bone density, body fat distribution, and muscle mass support across all sexes. In women, testosterone is produced by the ovaries and adrenal glands. Most testosterone produced in the ovary is converted to estradiol. 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.
Luteinizing hormone (LH) is a hormone produced in the pituitary gland. It helps control the menstrual cycle. LH also triggers the ovaries to release the egg for possible fertilization.
Experiencing symptoms associated with hormonal imbalance?
Possible symptoms of imbalanced hormones related to fertility include the following:
- Irregular periods
- Hair loss
- Skin issues
- Hot flashes
- Weight gain or increased body fat
- Cold or heat intolerance
- Abnormal hair growth