Hormonal Health

There are numerous types of tests for your doctor to choose from in order to detect a hormonal imbalance. Your symptoms will surely put him in the right direction. So, you do need to fully disclose to your doctor about your signs and symptoms for him to order the right hormones to be tested.
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What Hormone Imbalance Tests Reveal About Women's Health
A blood test for female hormones can reveal important information about your health. They can detect fertility problems, where you are in your menstrual cycle, or whether you're starting perimenopause.1
Hormone tests also can play a role in diagnosing medical conditions such as thyroid disease or diabetes. In some instances, they can show how well a medication is working.2
This article looks at the tests done for each sex hormone, when tests are needed, what's considered normal and abnormal, and what the results could mean.

Hormone Testing

Hormones are chemical messengers you produce to regulate different functions of your body. Having too much or too little of certain hormones (hormone imbalance) can impact your wellbeing. The nationally renowned experts at Cedars-Sinai offer hope for healing with hormone testing, which helps evaluate the hormone imbalance.
You have access to a broad range of tests, including options that are not widely available. Our diagnostic capabilities enable you to receive the therapies that are best for your needs.

Hormonal Health

Follicle Stimulating Hormone
Luteinising Hormone
Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG)
Free Androgen Index

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Additionally, children’s reference ranges are designed to provide more accurate pediatric nutritional evaluations. Identifying metabolic blocks that can be treated nutritionally allows individual tailoring of interventions that maximize patient responses and lead to improved patient outcomes.
You benefit from the expertise of endocrinologists, doctors who specialize in treating hormone disorders. Many of our endocrinologists completed additional training through fellowships and have decades of experience. All of our experts stay up to date on the latest hormone testing practices.
Common types of stimulation and suppression testing include:

Growth hormone response to glucagon: We inject a hormone, glucagon, into muscle tissue and measure growth hormone levels over four hours. This test helps us confirm or rule out adult growth hormone deficiency.
Cortisol response to cosyntropin: We give you cosyntropin, which acts like ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone). ACTH is a hormone produced in the pituitary gland that stimulates the adrenal glands to produce cortisol. We measure cortisol levels every 30 minutes for one hour. This test helps us confirm adrenal insufficiency.
Glucose tolerance test: We give you a sweet drink, which should lower levels of growth hormone. We measure levels of growth hormone in the blood every two hours. This test helps us confirm acromegaly.
Cortisol response to dexamethasone: You take a pill (dexamethasone tablet) at night that should block cortisol production. The next day we take a blood sample to measure cortisol levels. This test helps us confirm or rule out Cushing's syndrome.
Metyrapone suppression test: You take a pill (metyrapone tablet) at night that should block cortisol production. The next day we take a blood sample to measure cortisol and ACTH levels. This test helps us confirm or rule out adrenal insufficiency

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Stimulation and Suppression Hormone Testing
Growth hormone response to glucagon
Cortisol response to cosyntropin
Glucose tolerance test
Cortisol response to dexamethasone
Metyrapone suppression test
ACTH levels

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