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Understand your body with a female hormone test kit.

When to get it Checked 

If you are experiencing trouble sleeping, irregular periods, mood swings, unexplained weight loss or gain this might be symptoms as a result of hormonal imbalance. Hormones are important for regulating many different processes in the body including appetite and metabolism, sleep cycles, reproductive cycles and sexual function, body temperature and mood. For females, their hormone levels change over time as a result of puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. Because of their essential role in the body, even small hormonal imbalances can cause side effects throughout the body. Hormonal imbalances occur when there is too much (known as hyper-function) or too little of a hormone (known as hypo-function) in the bloodstream. 

Signs of Hormonal Imbalance

The female hormone level would naturally change as a result of:

  • Puberty
  • Menstruation
  • Pregnancy, Childbirth, and breast-feeding
  • Perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause

From the age a woman reaches puberty to around her mid-30s hormone levels are stable and fluctuate naturally each month in line with the menstrual cycle.  Periods will be regular in women with a healthy hormone balance unless a woman is on some form of contraceptive pill.

As a woman enters her early to mid-40s her ovaries will start to become less responsive, resulting in the start of the perimenopause where oestrogen and progesterone levels fluctuate more, and periods become less regular.

The ovaries and adrenal glands are the main producers of female hormones which include estrogen, progesterone and small quantities of testosterone. As females have a different endocrine  organs and cycles, they are also at risk of developing different types of hormonal imbalance disorders than men.

Medical conditions causing irregular hormonal imbalances in women include:

  • polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • hormone replacement or birth control medications
  • early menopause
  • primary ovarian insufficiency (POI)
  • ovarian cancer

Symptoms of hormonal imbalances in women include:

  • heavy, irregular, or painful periods
  • osteoporosis (weak, brittle bones)
  • hot flashes and night sweats
  • vaginal dryness
  • breast tenderness
  • indigestion
  • constipation and diarrhoea
  • acne during or just before menstruation
  • uterine bleeding not associated with menstruation
  • increased hair growth on the face, neck, chest, or back
  • infertility
  • weight gain
  • thinning hair or hair loss
  • skin tags or abnormal growths
  • deepening of the voice
  • clitoral enlargement

Hormonal imbalances can be a sign of an underlying health condition. They can also be a side effect of certain medications. For this reason, people who experience severe or recurring symptoms of hormonal imbalances should speak to a doctor.

 

 Importance of female hormone

Hormones are molecules produced by the endocrine system that send messages to various parts of the body. They help regulate your body’s processes, like hunger,  blood pressure, and sexual desire. While hormones are essential to reproduction, they are fundamental to all the systems of your body.

Female hormones include estrogen, progesterone and small quantities of testosterone. Estrogen is probably the most well-known hormone. Although the majority of estrogen production occurs in the ovaries, the adrenal glands and fat cells produce small amounts of estrogen, too. Estrogen plays a crucial role in reproductive and sexual development, which begins when a person reaches puberty. The female hormone, estrogen is associated with menstruation, but it also impacts a number of bodily functions, including bone development, brain, cardiac, vascular and urinary tract health. Estrogen impacts the way we look, it affects body fat composition and health of skin and hair.

Progesterone is produced by the ovaries, adrenal glands and placenta. Progesterone levels increase during ovulation and spike during pregnancy. Progesterone helps stabilize menstrual cycles and prepares the body for pregnancy. Having a low level of progesterone can lead to irregular periods, difficulty conceiving, and a higher risk of complications during pregnancy.

Although testosterone is the main male hormone, it is also present in lower amounts in females. In females, testosterone affects:

  • fertility
  • sexual desire
  • menstruation
  • tissue and bone mass
  • red blood cell production

Female hormones fluctuate naturally during a woman’s menstrual cycle, but an imbalance in these hormones can affect general wellbeing such as mood, weight, and energy. It is essential that you understand your own personal hormone levels, how they fluctuate during your cycle and how they change over different stages of your life. This will help you keep track of imbalances that may be making you feel less than your best.

 

Why Female hormone test are Useful 

As we’ve already mentioned the importance of a balance female hormone level in maintaining a healthy body and lifestyle. Having a private female hormone test is a handy way of checking up on your hormone level whenever you have doubts that something is not right with it, without going through the hassle of a doctor consultation over something that may be nothing to worry about.

Female hormone test are also a good investment for those who are already aware of the hormonal imbalances they are experiencing and need to keep on top of the gland’s activity over time. Owning a female hormone test is a great means of keeping tabs on your hormone level, again, without the hassle of having to regularly visit your doctors. 

 

 

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3 EASY STEPS TO GETTING YOUR FEMALE HORMONES CHECKED

 

1. Order Online Now

Order your female hormone test kit online now and have it delivered with our next day postal service. 

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2. Get Tested in 10 Minutes

We send you a home test kit and you simply take a small blood sample through a finger prick. 

 

3. Get Results

Your sample is analysed and you’ll receive your results by email. These results are extremely accurate and will advise you on on how to take control of your health. 

How a Home Female Hormone Test Works 

Home Female Hormone tests work like most other at-home personal tests from Harley Medic and require just a small sample of blood, extracted using a finger prick. The complete thyroid test kit can be sent to your home, which features all the materials that you need, including the return envelope so that you can send your sample back to the Harley Medic lab. 

First, clean the surrounding area of your finger with the disinfectant wipes that come provided with the kit, and then use the small lancet to prick a blood sample from your finger. Drop the extracted blood into the provided biohazard container and send it to Harley Medic labs. From there, Harley medic will examine the sample and have your female hormone test results back in no time. 

 

Frequently Ask Questions

When is the best time to do the test?

The recommended time to complete the test is on day 3 of your menstrual cycle (day 1 is your first day of bleeding). This is when the results can be interpreted accurately.

Why is it recommended for the test to be done in Day 3?

Hormones varying during menstrual cycle, therefore traditionally advice is to take day the sample on day 3. However, if it is not possible to take your sample at this time, as there are ranges for different phases of cycle, then day 3 sample is not an absolute requirement. If your sample is taken at another point in your cycle your results range will be adjusted accordingly.

What if I have irregular periods?

We recommend waiting until you have a period to get the most useful insight from this test. However if you have irregular periods combined with symptoms like acne, excess body hair, or weight gain, it is best that you highlight this so we can provide you a test which will give you better insight. In cases where you do not have period, you are able to do this test at any time, but it will be harder for our doctors to interpret your results.

What are the treatment for hormonal imbalance?

If your hormone imbalance is caused by over-exercising, poor diet or stressful lifestyle then changes to these areas will help.

Ensuring you are eating the right food in the right quantities, especially if you are exercising heavily (training for a marathon or triathlon), is absolutely key to avoiding what’s known as RED-S.  This is when your body is burning more calories than you are consuming and can lead to women’s periods stopping completely.

Learning to manage stress will reduce the amount of the stress hormone cortisol within your body.

If your hormone imbalance is caused by a medical condition such as polycystic ovary syndrome then it is best to speak with your GP and discuss treatment.

Will the use of contraception pill affect the test result?

If you are taking a progesterone only form of contraception such as progesterone-only pill, progesterone implant, or Minerva coil then this test is still useful as these forms of conception do not suppress normal production of FSH, LH, or oestradiol. This test is not useful if taking a combined form of conception (progesterone and oestradiol ) e.g the combined oral conceptive pill (COCP).

What is the difference between the hormones in my body and the hormones in birth control pill?

A person who menstruates has sex hormones that fluctuate each day of the menstrual cycle. But when a person takes birth-control pills, they don’t experience as much fluctuation, except during their withdrawal week (though some versions of the pill have different hormone levels during different weeks, and may not have a withdrawal week at all). These pills contain the hormones progesterone and estrogen to inhibit ovulation.

What is the difference between estrogen and oestrogen?

Estrogen or oestrogen, is a category of sex hormone responsible for the development and regulation of the female reproductive system and secondary sex characteristics. Estriol (E3) and estradiol (E2) are two different forms of the female hormone known as estrogen (sometimes referred to as oestrogen). These forms of estrogen are steroid hormones that are naturally found in the body. Estriol and estradiol can be used as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for women after menopause.

What is included in the test?

A Female hormone Blood Test Panel often includes an Estrogens,Total, Progesterone, Testosterone, Total, Serum, Follicle-stimulating Hormone (FSH) & Luteinizing Hormone (LH), and Thyroxine (T4), Free, Direct, Serum.

What are they looking for in the test?

Estrogens,Total – Test to evaluate for ovarian estrogen producing tumor in the premenarcheal and postmenopausal female. Estrogen analysis can aid in establishing time of ovulation and optimal time for conception. Serial samples must be collected over a period of several days to evaluate baseline and peak total estrogen levels. E2 is a type of oestrogen and is the main female sex hormone. This guy is essential for egg production and other functions in your body. Often, an imbalanced E2 is linked to irregular periods, PMS, hot flashes, fatigue, headaches, sleep problems, anxiety, depression and a low sex drive.

Progesterone – A progesterone test measures the amount progesterone in a blood sample. Progesterone, a female hormone produced by the ovaries during ovulation, helps prepare the lining of the uterus (endometrium) to receive the egg if it becomes fertilized by a sperm. If the egg is not fertilized, progesterone levels will drop and menstrual bleeding begins. During pregnancy, the placenta produces high levels of progesterone as well, starting near the end of the first trimester and continuing until the baby is born. Levels of progesterone in a pregnant woman are almost 10 times higher than they are in a woman who is not pregnant. 

Certain types of cancer cause abnormal progesterone levels in men and women.

Testosterone, Total, Serum – Testosterone testing is used in the evaluation of androgen excess or deficiency related to gonadal function, adrenal function, or tumour activity. Testosterone levels may be requested in women to investigate the cause of anovulation, amenorrhea, hirsutism, virilization, masculinizing tumours of ovary, tumours of the adrenal cortices, and congenital adrenal hyperplasia (high values).

Follicle-stimulating Hormone (FSH) & Luteinizing Hormone (LH) – The amounts of FSH and other hormones (luteinizing hormone, progesterone, and estrogen) are measured to determine infertility. The FSH level may help determine whether the female sex organs are properly functioning. Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) is key for normal ovarian production and is important in egg production and ovulation. If FSH drops or increases beyond a normal range you might have trouble getting pregnant, or it could be sign that you’re becoming menopausal. This hormone is vital for baby-making. During the month, around the mid-point of your cycle, your LH levels increase and this rise triggers ovulation. Often, women with irregular periods and those who are struggling to get pregnant find that their LH levels are imbalanced.

Thyroxine (T4), Free, Direct, Serum – Free T4 is the active form of thyroxine and is thought to be a more accurate reflection of thyroid hormone function. Perhaps the most well-known hormone thanks to the thyroid’s link to weight gain or loss. You want this to be in the normal range and stable to help protect yourself from tiredness, low mood, anxiety, depression and difficulty sleeping.

SHBG 

Think of this as an enabler in your body – a helpful concierge if you like. Why? Sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) binds with other hormones to help transports them around your body. Essentially, SHBG helps ensure you have the right amount of hormones for your body to use – when hormones are bound to SHBG your body can’t use them, thus keeping things at the right levels.

What can this test tell you? 

This test is helpful if you want a general check-up on your hormonal health. Measuring your hormones can also help you understand if they could be the cause of: 

  • a low sex drive
  • low mood
  • hot flushes
  • weight changes

Combined with a GP-report and advice on how to improve your results, you’ll have the support you need to take control of your hormonal health.

I’ve heard that I can cut out certain food to control my female hormone level, is that true?

That is true. There are several food which you can cut down or remove from your diet to steer clear of hormonal issues. The 6 common foods would be red meat, soy product, dairy products, caffeine, processed food and certain vegetables (like brinjal, peppers, potatoes, and tomatoes and cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, and kale are bad if consumed in excess). 

What are some ways to balance out my female hormones?

There are many ways to manage your female hormone levels. Below are just some of the many ways for you to do that:

  1. Eat Enough Protein at Every Meal

Consuming an adequate amount of protein is extremely important. 

Dietary protein provides essential amino acids that your body can’t make on its own and must be consumed every day in order to maintain muscle, bone and skin health. 

In addition, protein influences the release of hormones that control appetite and food intake. Aim for a minimum of 20–30 grams of protein per meal.

  1. Engage in Regular Exercise

Physical activity can strongly influence hormonal health. A major benefit of exercise is its ability to reduce insulin levels and increase insulin sensitivity.

Insulin is a hormone that has several functions. One is allowing cells to take up sugar and amino acids from the bloodstream, which are then used for energy and maintaining muscle. 

However, a little insulin goes a long way. Too much can be downright dangerous. 

High insulin levels have been linked to inflammation, heart disease, diabetes and cancer. What’s more, they are connected to insulin resistance, a condition in which your cells don’t respond properly to insulin’s signals (9). 

  1. Avoid Sugar and Refined Carbs Sugar and refined carbs have been linked to a number of health problems. Indeed, avoiding or minimizing these foods may be instrumental in optimizing hormone function and avoiding obesity, diabetes and other diseases. 

    Diets high in sugar and refined carbs have been shown to drive insulin resistance. Avoiding these foods and reducing overall carb intake may decrease insulin levels and increase insulin sensitivity. 

  1. Learn to Manage Stress

Stress can wreak havoc on your hormones. Two major hormones affected by stress are cortisol and adrenaline, which is also called epinephrine. 

Cortisol is known as “the stress hormone” because it helps your body cope with stress over the long term. 

Adrenaline is the “fight-or-flight” hormone that provides your body with a surge of energy to respond to immediate danger. 

Engaging in stress-reduction behaviours like meditation, yoga, massage and listening to soothing music can help normalize your levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

  1. Consume Healthy Fats

Including high-quality natural fats in your diet may help reduce insulin resistance and appetite. 

Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) are unique fats that are taken up directly by the liver for immediate use as energy.

They have been shown to reduce insulin resistance in overweight and obese people, as well as in people with diabetes. 

Including healthy natural fats in your diet and avoiding unhealthy trans fats can help reduce insulin resistance and stimulate the production of hormones that help control appetite. 

  1. Avoid Overeating and Undereating

Eating too much or too little may result in hormonal shifts that lead to weight problems. 

Overeating is shown to increase insulin levels and reduce insulin sensitivity, especially in overweight and obese people who are insulin resistant 

On the other hand, cutting your calorie intake too much can increase levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which is known to promote weight gain when it’s elevated. Eating within your own personal calorie range can help you maintain hormonal balance and a healthy weight. 

  1. Drink Green Tea

Green tea is one of the healthiest beverages around. 

In addition to metabolism-boosting caffeine, it contains an antioxidant known as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which has been credited with several health benefits. 

Research suggests that consuming green tea may increase insulin sensitivity and lower insulin levels in both healthy people and those with insulin-resistant conditions like obesity and diabetes 

Since green tea has other health benefits and most studies suggest that it may provide some improvement in insulin response, you may want to consider drinking one to three cups per day. 

  1. Eat Fatty Fish Often

Fatty fish is by far the best source of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, which have impressive anti-inflammatory properties. 

Research suggests they may also have beneficial effects on hormonal health, including reducing levels of the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline. Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy in women who did not have diabetes prior to becoming pregnant. Like type 2 diabetes, it is characterized

by insulin resistance and elevated blood sugar levels. For optimal health, include two or more servings per week of fatty fish like salmon, sardines, herring and mackerel. 

  1. Get Consistent, High-Quality Sleep

No matter how nutritious your diet is and how much exercise you get, your health will suffer if you don’t get enough restorative sleep. 

Poor sleep has been linked to imbalances of many hormones, including insulin, cortisol, leptin, ghrelin and growth hormone 

  1. Stay Away From Sugary Beverages

Sugar in any form is unhealthy. However, liquid sugars appear to be the worst by far. 

High intake of sugary beverages has consistently been linked to higher insulin levels and insulin resistance in overweight and obese adults and children. 

  1. Consume a High-Fibre Diet

Fibre, especially the soluble type, is an important component of a healthy diet. 

High fibre intake has been linked to improvements in insulin sensitivity and the hormones that control hunger, fullness and food intake. 

  1. Eat Eggs Anytime

Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. 

They’ve been shown to beneficially affect hormones that regulate food intake, including lowering levels of insulin and ghrelin, and increasing PYY 

Most studies have looked at the effects of eating eggs at breakfast because that is when people typically consume them. However, these nutrition powerhouses can be eaten at any meal, and hard-boiled eggs make a great portable snack.

 

 

 

 

 

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