Hormone Test for Women
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Several hormones play a role in ovulation and the menstrual cycle. This test measures six key hormones that influence female fertility, menopause, and overall women’s health. Use this home test to stay in charge of your reproductive health or check for hormonal imbalances that may be causing unwanted symptoms.
Test Mode: Finger-prick
When to test: It is important to collect the blood sample on Day 3 of your menstrual cycle to ensure accurate results. The third day of your menstrual cycle refers to the third day of blood flow during your period. The test should also be taken before 10 in the morning, preferably following at least eight hours of fasting. This means you consume no food or drinks other than water. This test should not be used by women on hormonal birth control.
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About the test
What is a Hormone Test for Women?
This blood test measures the level of testosterone, thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), luteinizing hormone (LH), follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), estradiol, and prolactin in your blood. These hormones play an important role in ovulation, menstruation, and the production of other hormones. An imbalance in female hormones can impact your fertility or cause unpleasant symptoms such as irregular periods, excessive hair growth, or weight gain. The test requires a finger prick blood sample that you can easily take from home. Your sample will then be examined by a certified laboratory and you will receive the results within a matter of days. It couldn’t be easier!
You’d like to better understand your symptoms
Are you feeling tired, irritable, experiencing irregular periods, or dealing with weight gain? See if your symptoms are linked to a hormone imbalance.
You want to learn more about your hormone levels
Discover how your hormone levels can affect not only your fertility, but your entire body. For women who are in the age range where they are approaching or already experiencing menopause, a hormone test can provide insight into what is happening in your body.
You want to gain insight into your reproductive health
Whether you’re planning to have children or simply would like to know more about your health, a hormone test can help you make informed decisions about your health and fertility.
Summary of Biomarkers
Testosterone is a hormone that is produced by the ovaries and adrenal glands in women. Although testosterone is the primary sex hormone found in men, testosterone is important for bone density, body fat distribution, sex drive, cognitive health, and muscle mass in both men and women. A total testosterone test measures both the free testosterone and the testosterone that is attached to proteins in the blood. Women only need a small amount of testosterone, and either too much or too little can cause unpleasant physical symptoms such as fatigue, low mood, excess hair growth, acne, or lowered sexual desire. High total testosterone is associated with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition that can interfere with the body’s ability to ovulate and conceive. Once identified, treatment is available to address abnormal testosterone levels or PCOS.
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) is produced in the pituitary gland in the brain. TSH regulates the thyroid’s production of hormones T3 and T4. If you have an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), your thyroid produces too much T3/T4, and TSH levels will be lower than normal. If your thyroid is underactive (hypothyroidism), your thyroid produces too little T3/T4, and TSH will be higher than normal. An over- or underactive thyroid can affect ovulation, metabolism, mood, and energy levels. TSH is the most sensitive biomarker for testing thyroid function.
Luteinizing Hormone (LH)
Luteinizing Hormone (LH) is a hormone produced in the pituitary gland of men and women. In women, LH is responsible for stimulating the ovaries to release an egg around the middle of the menstrual cycle, also known as ovulation. If fertilization occurs, LH also stimulates the production of other hormones to sustain the pregnancy. Both too high and low levels of LH can stop ovulation, causing irregular periods or a lack of period altogether. High LH is also linked to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and may be tested along with other hormones in the process of making a PCOS diagnosis.
Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)
Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) is a hormone produced in the brain’s pituitary gland and plays an important role in controlling the menstrual cycle, ovulation, and the growth and maturation of eggs in the ovaries. FSH levels naturally increase with age. As the number of available eggs or ovarian reserve decreases, more FSH is needed to stimulate ovarian function.
Low FSH can indicate if the ovaries are not producing eggs (ovulating) due to problems with the pituitary gland or hypothalamus, being underweight, or undergoing rapid weight loss. High FSH can indicate polycystic ovary syndrome, diminished ovarian function, menopause, or certain genetic disorders, as the brain makes excess FSH to try and promote ovarian function.
Estradiol is the main form of estrogen in women and is produced by the ovaries. Estrogen is responsible for the development and maintenance of the female reproductive system during and after puberty. Estradiol levels increase during the first half of the menstrual cycle and stimulate the maturation and release of an egg, also known as ovulation. Additionally, estradiol causes the uterus lining to thicken so an egg can implant. The release of estradiol is triggered by follicle stimulating hormone. During and after menopause, less estradiol is produced, causing FSH levels to increase. Estradiol that is too high or low can cause unpleasant symptoms in women and impact ovulation.
Prolactin is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland in the brain that causes the breasts to grow and produce milk during pregnancy and after birth. Prolactin levels are usually high in pregnant women and new mothers, and low in non-pregnant women and men. Higher-than-normal prolactin levels in women cause irregular or absent periods, vaginal dryness, hot flashes, discharge from the breasts, and in some cases infertility. High prolactin can be caused by tumors on the pituitary gland, hormonal imbalances, certain medications, and hypothyroidism.
About the test results
What do the results of this test mean?
This test measures key reproductive hormones in your blood. The results of this test can indicate hormone imbalances that may impact fertility, cause unpleasant symptoms, or indicate a medical condition that affects the hormones.
It is important to note that hormone values alone are not enough to predict the chance of pregnancy. Other factors, such as the quality of the egg cells, fallopian tubes, or the partner’s sperm, are also important. If you have questions about your test results or overall fertility, it is best to consult a doctor for comprehensive advice.
For whom is this test applicable?
- You have ovaries
- You are not using hormonal birth-control at this moment (or within the past three months)
- You want to get a better understanding of your hormone levels, risk of hormone-related health conditions, or your fertility
- Having trouble getting pregnant
- Decreased menstrual bleeding
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Permanent stop to the menstrual cycle
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS):
- Irregular periods
- Excess body hair, usually on the face, chest, or buttocks
- Acne or oily skin
- Thinning hair or baldness
Other symptoms of hormonal imbalances in women:
- Heavy periods
- Hot flashes
- Weight gain or unintentional weight loss
- Loss of interest in sex
- Enlarged thyroid gland (goiter)
- Dry skin
- Puffy face
- Anxiety or depression
- Difficulty sleeping
- Irregular heartbeat (too fast or too slow)
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Frequently asked questions
Do I need to stay home to accept the delivery of my test kit?
No, your kit fits through the mail box. Moreover, the test is packaged discreetly, ensuring privacy during delivery.
Can I share my results with my doctor?
Most certainly! We encourage everyone to talk to their doctor after getting their test results. All Homed-IQ tests come with a downloadable laboratory report that can be brought to the doctor for follow-up.
Is there a medical team available to answer questions about my test result?
Homed-IQ has an in-house medical team available to answer any questions you may have. While you can trust that your results are accurate, we always encourage you to take your results to your own doctor for further interpretation and follow-up testing.
How accurate are the results from Homed-IQ?
Homed-IQ works only with ISO 15189 certified partner laboratories, which is the highest possible medical certification in Europe. It guarantees clinical correctness of your sample’s analysis.
Can I just ask my doctor for this test?
It depends. In some situations there are specific requirements for hormone testing, such as needing to have tried (unsuccessfully) to get pregnant for a year. A home test for fertility hormones allows you to check your hormones when you want, even if you are not trying to conceive yet.
Homed-IQ tests are processed by the same labs used by hospitals and clinics, and all are validated for home use.
How can I test my fertility at home?
This home hormone test involves collecting a small blood sample via a finger prick before sending it off to our ISO 15189 certified lab for testing.
How long do I have to wait after I have stopped taking hormonal birth control to test my hormones?
It is possible to perform this test from the third period after you’ve stopped taking birth control. In order to get the most accurate results, it is important to wait until your hormones have rebalanced and your period has returned.
I am on hormonal birth control (pill/ IUD/ Patch), can I still do this test?
This test is not suitable for women using hormonal birth control. As hormonal contraception suppresses ovulation, test results will not be accurate for women using birth control. If you are on hormonal birth control and interested in checking fertility hormones, try Homed-IQ’s Ovarian Reserve Test. This test measures Anti-Mullerian hormone, a hormone that can give an indication of ovarian reserve and can be used by women on birth control.
If you stop using hormonal contraception, it is recommended to wait until your third period after stopping birth control to perform a hormone test.