Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Fertility Profile for men

Men's Fertility Profile

Why is this test important? 
The Men's Fertility Profile is a thorough lab testing analysis for participants focusing on hormone imbalance which includes symptoms of infertility and erectile dysfunction.

Hormones are a chemical substance secreted by one tissue and traveling to another to affect other tissues in your body. They act as chemical messengers. Maintaining proper balance of these important "messengers" is key to optimal health. These sex hormones are involved in the growth, maintenance, and repair of reproductive tissues. But that's not all. They influence other body tissues and bone mass as well.

What does the test include? The Men's Fertility Profile includes:

  • Comprehensive Thyroid Testing Profile with TSH
  • Testosterone (Free and Total) Hormone Test,
  • Prostate Cancer Test (PSA)
  • Estrone Hormone lab test
  • DHEA-S hormone lab test
  • Thyroid Peroxidase Antibody (TPO) lab test
  • Follicular Stimulating Hormone (FSH) Fertility Blood Test
  • Luteinizing Hormone (LH) Fertility Blood Test

Fertility Lab Tests Details:

FSH and LH Hormone Lab Tests
In men, FSH stimulates the testes to produce mature sperm and also promotes the production of androgen binding proteins. FSH levels are relatively constant in males after puberty. In men, LH stimulates the Leydig cells in the testes to produce testosterone. LH levels are relatively constant in men after puberty. Testosterone provides negative feedback to the pituitary and the hypothalamus, helping to regulate the amount of LH secreted.

In women and men, FSH and LH hormone lab tests are ordered as part of the workup of infertility and pituitary or gonadal disorders.

Comprehensive Thyroid Blood Testing Profile with TSH
The Comprehensive Thyroid Profile with TSH is a group of blood tests that includes Free T3, Free T4 and TSH that are often ordered together to help evaluate thyroid gland function and to help diagnose thyroid disorders. These hormones are chemical substances that travel through the bloodstream and control or regulate your body's metabolism - how it functions and uses energy.

Thyroid Peroxidase Antibody (TPO) Thyroid Blood Test
Thyroid antibody testing is primarily ordered to help diagnose an autoimmune thyroid disease and to separate it from other forms of thyroiditis. It may be ordered to help investigate the cause of a goiter and/or performed as a follow-up when other thyroid test results (such as T3, T4, and/or TSH) show signs of thyroid dysfunction.

Testosterone (Free and Total) Hormone Blood Test
Testosterone is a sex hormone produced mainly in men, but also in women. It causes the development of male sex characteristics (deepness of voice, hair growth patterns), strengthens muscle tone and bone mass, and effects sexual drive. The testosterone test can be used to diagnose decreased sex drive in men and women, and infertility in men and women.

A decline in testosterone can have many men experiencing an increase in the levels of estrogen. The result is a testosterone/estrogen imbalance that directly causes many of the debilitating health problems associated with normal aging.

In fact, balanced levels of estrogen in men are essential to encourage a healthy libido, improved brain function, protect the heart and strengthen the bones. High levels of estrogen can cause reduced levels of testosterone, fatigue, loss of muscle tone, increased body fat, increased risk of diabetes, heart attack or stroke, some cancers, loss of libido and sexual
function (erectile dysfunction) and an enlarged prostate.

Estrone Hormone Blood Test
Estrone is produced primarily from androstenedione originating from the gonads or the adrenal cortex. Estrone is relevant to health and disease states because of its conversion to estrone sulfate, a long-lived derivative. Estrone sulfate acts as a reservoir that can be converted as needed to the more active estradiol.

DHEA-S Hormone Blood Test
DHEA, mostly found in the circulation in its conjugated form, DHEA sulfate (DHEA-S), is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands, and levels generally reflect adrenal gland function. It is a precursor for the production of estrogens and testosterone, and is therefore normally present in greater quantities than all the other steroid hormones. Like cortisol, it is involved with immune function and a balance between the two is essential. Low DHEA can result in reduced libido and general malaise, while high DHEA can have masculinizing effects on women because it metabolizes to androgens, including testosterone.

Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Cancer Blood Test
The prostate cancer blood test (PSA) offered measures a protein (prostate specific antigen) produced exclusively by the prostate, which is a walnut-sized gland found in men only. It is recommended that you take a prostate cancer blood test (PSA) annually, beginning at age 50, if you do not have any serious medical problems and can be expected to live at least 10 more years, according to the American Cancer Society.

(Source: www.healthcheckusa.com) 
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