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Hormone Testing

Hormone Imbalance Symptoms and TestsEndocrine system of hormones

When the endocrine system is functioning smoothly, its precise and timely release of hormones works to promote optimal health and function. The glands in this system assist in nearly every critical bodily function. So, if there is a problem with one or more glands, hormonal imbalance can occur, causing a variety of problems - some serious. These changes can be detected by a hormone imbalance test, opening the door to treatment that can ease or eliminate hormonal imbalance symptoms.

What is the cause of hormonal imbalance?

Hormonal imbalance causes vary according to the specific hormones involved. However, in general, they are caused by changes in or dysfunction of a hormone-producing gland. For instance, a thyroid gland that isn't functioning correctly may produce too much thyroid hormone, accelerating body metabolism, or too little. Thyroid dysfunction can be caused by autoimmune diseases, thyroid nodules, medications or, rarely, thyroid cancer, among other potential causes. Imbalances in male or female sex hormones, such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone, can be caused by age-related changes, such as menopause and andropause, as well as genetic disorders, stress, nutritional issues, or medications. Excessive stress, poor diet, aging and certain medications can contribute to imbalances in cortisol and other adrenal hormones.

Featured Tests and Packages
Men's Basic Hormone Package
$259

Measures chemistry and hormone levels associated with men aging: Expanded Wellness Package, Basic Thyroid Package, PSA, Testosterone, and IGF-1.

Women's Basic Hormone Package
$259

Measures chemistry and hormone levels associated with women aging: Expanded Wellness Package, Basic Thyroid Package, Estradiol, Testosterone, and IGF-1.

Men's Expanded Hormone Package
$389

Measures chemistry and hormone levels associated with men aging: Men's Basic Hormone Package plus HGH ( Growth Hormone),Estradiol and Vitamin D.

Women's Expanded Hormone Package
$389

Measures chemistry and hormone levels associated with women aging: Women's Basic Hormone Package plus HGH ( Growth Hormone),Total Estrogen and Vitamin D.

Men's Comprehensive Hormone Package
$739

Measures chemistry and hormone levels associated with men aging: Men's Expanded Hormone Package plus CRP, Homocysteine, SHBG, DHEA-S, Progesterone and Total Estrogen levels.

Women's Comprehensive Hormone Package
$689

Measures chemistry and hormone levels associated with women aging: Women's Expanded Hormone Package plus CRP, Homocysteine, SHBG, DHEA-S, Progesterone and Free and Total Testoserone levels.

Hormone Trio, Saliva
$110

This Ayumetrix at home test kit may be used to measure the levels of Estradiol (E2), Testosterone, and Progesterone.

Basic Thyroid Package
$69

Measures the amount of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), T3 uptake, T4 and T7.

Thyroid Profile
$39

Measures T3 Uptake, T4 and T7

Women's Basic Fertility Package
$249

Measures multiple hormone levels to assess ovarian and thyroid function

Women's Expanded Fertility Package
$589

Measures multiple hormone levels to assess ovarian and thyroid function. This package also contains STD testing to create a completed women's fertility package.

Lab Tests (A-Z)
Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (ACTH)
$89

The ACTH test measures the levels of the adrenocorticotropic hormone in the body.

Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH)
$159

This test measures the level of AMH in the body.

Cortisol
$44

Measures the level of cortisol to assess for adrenal or pituitary disorders

Cortisol AM & PM
$79

Measures the level of cortisol at two separate times during the day to assess for adrenal or pituitary disorders

Cortisol, Saliva
$70

This Ayumetrix at home test kit measures the level of Cortisol through a saliva sample collected within 30 minutes of waking.

Cortisol, Saliva x 4
$180

This Ayumetrix at home test kit measures the level of Cortisol in the body throughout the day. Four saliva samples must be collected for this test.

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)
$89

This test is used to measure the level of the steroid DHEA in the body.

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) Sulfate
$61

Measures the level of the DHEA sulfate hormone to assess adrenal function

DHEA, Saliva
$70

This Ayumetrix at home test kit measures the level of DHEA in the body through a saliva sample.

DHT (Dihydrotestosterone)
$99

Measures the level of DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) in the body.

Estradiol
$65

Measures the level of estradiol to help assess fertility

Estradiol, Saliva
$70

This Ayumetrix at home test kit is used to measure the level of Estradiol in the body through a saliva sample

Estradiol, Sensitive
$94

Measures the level of estradiol with increased sensitivity for men and post-menopausal women

Estrogen, Total
$74

Measures the amount of estrogen hormones to help assess fertility

Follicle-stimulating Hormone (FSH)
$42

Measures the level of FSH, a hormone that affects reproduction

Follicle-stimulating Hormone (FSH) & Luteinizing Hormone (LH)
$82

Measures FSH and LH to help assess fertility

Growth Hormone (GH)
$52

Measures the amount of growth hormone to evaluate pituitary function

Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1)
$79

Measures IGF-1 to evaluate pituitary function

Luteinizing Hormone (LH)
$40

Measures luteinizing hormone (LH) to help assess fertility

Parathyroid Hormone (PTH) and Calcium
$169

Measures the amount of parathyroid hormone and calcium

Parathyroid Hormone (PTH), Intact
$74

Measures the amount of parathyroid hormone to evaluate parathyroid function

Pregnenolone
$99

This test measures the amount of pregnenolone in the blood.

Progesterone
$40

Measures the level of progesterone to help assess fertility

Progesterone, Saliva
$70

This Ayumetrix at home test kit measures the level of Progesterone in the body through a saliva sample.

Prolactin
$46

Measures prolactin, a hormone important during pregnancy and while breastfeeding

Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA)
$39

Measures the level of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) to evaluate prostate function in men age 40 and older

Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA), Free:Total Ratio
$75

Measures the level of freely circulating prostate-specific antigen (PSA) to evaluate prostate function in men age 40 and older

Serotonin
$399

This is a blood test measures the level of serotonin in the blood.

Sex Hormone-binding Globulin (SHBG)
$57

Measures the level of sex hormone-binding globulin

T3 (Triiodothyronine), Free
$54

Measures the amount of freely circulating triiodothyronine (T3) to evaluate thyroid function

T3 (Triiodothyronine), Total
$34

Measures the amount of triiodothyronine, T3, to evaluate thyroid function

T4 (Thyroxine), Free
$54

Measures the amount of free thyroxine (T4) to evaluate thyroid function

Testosterone, Female
$44

This Quest Diagnostics specific test code measures the total level of testosterone in the body

Testosterone, Free
$69

Measures the level of testosterone circulating freely in the body

Testosterone, Free & Total
$99

Measures the total level of testosterone, including the small portion circulating freely in the body

Testosterone, Saliva
$70

This Ayumetrix at home test kit is used to measure the level of Testosterone in the body through a saliva sample.

Testosterone, Total
$44

Measures the total level of testosterone in the body

Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) Antibodies
$40

Measures the amount of thyroid peroxidase (TPO) antibodies to help understand the cause of thyroid disorders

Thyroid Profile
$39

Measures T3 Uptake, T4 and T7

Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
$35

Measures the amount of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) to evaluate thyroid function

Thyroxine, Total
$34

The T4 test measures the level of a key thyroid hormone, T4, in the blood.

TSH, FREE T4 AVAILABLE AT QUEST DIAGNOSTICS ONLY
$75

This test measures the levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) and free thyroxine (T4) in the body.

Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) and Free T4
$75

Measures the amount of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) and free thyroxine (T4) to evaluate thyroid function

What are common symptoms of hormonal imbalance?

Again, that depends to some degree on the specific hormones that are out of balance. That said, here are general symptoms that may be experienced:

  • Fatigue – Frequent in all common types of hormonal imbalance.
  • Irritability – Common in those affected by imbalances in female, male, and stress hormones.
  • Mood swings – common in sex hormone imbalances.Hormone imbalance tests can tell if you are experiencing menopause
  • Weight changes – High levels of thyroid hormones can cause weight loss, while low thyroid levels and imbalances in female hormones, male hormones or stress hormones typically cause weight gain.
  • Muscle loss – Most common with male and female sex hormone imbalances.
  • Reduced bone density – Thyroid and sex hormone imbalances can cause bone loss.
  • Increased sensitivity to heat or cold – Abnormally high levels of thyroid hormones can cause heat intolerance, while low levels can make a person over-sensitive to cold.
  • Hot flashes and/or night sweats – Very common with female hormone imbalances as well as low testosterone.
  • Sexual disinterest or dysfunction – Most common with male and female sex hormone imbalances.
  • Infertility – Can occur with sex hormone disturbances.
  • Skin changes – The skin can be affected by all common hormone imbalances. Changes can include severe skin dryness, skin thinning, oily skin and acne outbreaks.
  • Hair loss – Often seen with thyroid problems or low testosterone.
  • Anxiety/depression – Can occur with all common imbalances.
  • Heart rate changes or palpitations – Thyroid dysfunction, sex hormone imbalance and stress hormone imbalance can all cause these symptoms.
  • Rising cholesterol levels – Low thyroid hormone levels, low testosterone and estrogen/progesterone imbalances can cause cholesterol levels to rise.
  • Memory problems – Can occur in all common hormone imbalances.
  • Poor focus/concentration – Common symptom of any hormone imbalance.

How can I balance my hormones?

If you have been diagnosed with a hormonal imbalance, your doctor can advise you on ways of bringing your body back into proper balance. Typical treatments for improved hormonal balance include hormone replacement therapy and lifestyle changes, such as dietary changes, stress management and exercise. In the case of thyroid dysfunction, medications and/or surgical intervention may be necessary to restore health levels of thyroid hormones.

What is hormonal imbalance in men?

The most common hormonal imbalances in men are related to testosterone levels. Men may experience low levels of testosterone due to disorders, like hypogonadism, a condition in which the testes cannot produce an adequate supply of testosterone. More commonly, aging is the underlying cause, with testosterone production gradually diminishing over time, beginning around age 40. For some men, levels fall so low that the body's basic needs for the hormone cannot be fulfilled, which can lead to many of the symptoms listed above. Other factors that can contribute to low testosterone levels include excessive stress, poor diet, obesity and regular, excessive alcohol use.

Can you test hormone levels?

Yes, you can. Hormone testing is routinely done these days and is available for all types of hormones that commonly become unbalanced, including women hormones, men hormones, thyroid hormones, cortisol and much more. Most hormone imbalance tests are blood tests that measure the level of certain hormones circulating in the blood stream, and in some cases, whether complimentary hormones – estrogen and progesterone, for instance – are present in the proper ratios to work together effectively.

Hormone tests are commonly done for the following purposes:

  • To diagnose hormonal imbalances
  • To help identify the underlying causes of hormonal problems.
  • To aid in formulating effective treatment plans.
  • To monitor progress in bring hormone levels back into balance.

If you have concerns about your hormonal balance, your doctor can order hormone testing for you, or you can use an online lab testing service, like Health Testing Centers, to order your tests yourself. The advantages of ordering your lab tests directly include the ability to choose your own tests, ensuring that all of your concerns about your health are addressed, and lower costs, since you won't have to pay for office visits to have your tests ordered or to receive your results – which will be delivered directly to you.