Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Fertility Profile for women


Women's Fertility Profile

Why is this test important? 
The Women's Fertility Profile is a comprehensive set of lab tests that will provide a foundation with any hormonal imbalances as they relate to reproductive issues including infertility.

Recommended for: Women who have abnormal menstrual cycles, abnormal or heavy vaginal bleeding, infertility, symptoms of menopause, or any other hormonal alterations; fatigue, moodiness, low sex drive, loss of muscle tone, increased body fat.



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

  • Comprehensive Thyroid Testing Profile with TSH
  • Thyroid Peroxidase Antibody (TPO) Thyroid Blood Test
  • Progesterone Ovarian Function Blood test
  • Testosterone (Free and Total) Hormone Test,
  • DHEA-S Hormone Blood Test
  • FSH and LH Hormones Fertility Blood Testing Profile
  • Estradiol Hormone Blood Test


Lab Tests Details:

FSH and LH Hormones Fertility Blood Testing Profile
Estrogen is a group of hormones primarily responsible for the development of female sex organs and secondary sex characteristics and very important in determining fertility. In women, follicular stimulating hormone (FSH; produced by the pituitary gland) stimulates cells (follicles) surrounding the eggs in the ovaries, causing them to produce estrogen. When the estrogen levels reach a certain level, the pituitary produces a surge of luteinizing hormone (LH), which eventually causes the release of the egg, beginning the preparation for fertilization.

Comprehensive Thyroid Blood Testing Profile with TSH
The HealthCheckUSA 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.

TSH is produced by the pituitary gland and is part of the body's feedback system to maintain stable amounts of the thyroid hormones T4 and T3 in the blood. Free T4 measures the free, unbound thyroxine levels in your bloodstream. Free T3 measures the free, unbound levels of triiodothyronine in your bloodstream. T3 is the active thyroid hormone, also called triiodothyronine, and can be the most important lab you will do.

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.

Estradiol Hormone Blood Test
Estrogen is a group of hormones primarily responsible for the development of female sex organs and secondary sex characteristics. While estrogen is one of the major female sex hormones, small amounts are found in males. Estradiol (E2) is produced in women mainly in the ovary. In women, normal levels of estradiol provide for proper ovulation, conception, and
pregnancy, in addition to promoting healthy bone structure and regulating cholesterol levels.

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.

Progesterone Ovarian Function Blood Test
Progesterone is helpful in determining the cause of infertility, track ovulation, help diagnose an ectopic or failing pregnancy, monitor the health of a pregnancy, and help diagnose the cause of abnormal uterine bleeding. This test measures the level of progesterone in the blood. Progesterone is a steroid hormone whose main role is to help prepare a woman's body for pregnancy; it works in conjunction with several other female hormones.

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. Because of its conversion to estrogens and androgens, it is important to monitor levels of these hormones, as well as levels of DHEA, during supplementation.

(Source: www.healthcheckusa.com)
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