Tests included: Progesterone, Estradiol E2, Cortisol, DHEA
Overview: Hormonal balance is necessary to fall pregnant, carry to term and have a healthy baby. This test is popular with woman 25 – 45 who plan to conceive.
Fasting required: Yes, 10 – 12 hours.
What makes these hormones so important?
Progesterone: is vital for conception and maintaining pregnancy. One of the main actions of progesterone is to help support a developing embryo. During pregnancy the placenta produces progesterone to help sustain the developing baby.
Estradiol: is commonly known as the female hormone, and it is one of the most important female reproductive hormones. Estradiol is the the predominant form of estrogen. Having the right balance of estrogen in the body is important to be able to maintain optimal fertility.
Cortisol: can inhibit us from utilizing the hormone progesterone, which is essential for fertility. It also causes the pituitary gland to release higher levels of prolactin, which may contribute to infertility. Research tells us that stress boosts levels of stress hormones such as cortisol, which inhibits the body’s main sex hormones GnRH (gonadotropin releasing hormone) and subsequently suppresses ovulation, sexual activity and sperm count.
DHEA: AKA dehydroepiandrosterone, is a hormone that is make naturally in the body. We make it in our adrenal glands and the brain. DHEA leads to the production of estrogen in women. After age 30, DHEA levels in the body begin to decrease, which can lead to fertility issues, including low libido and decreased egg quality. Testing levels to ascertain DHEA health and to rule out any abnormality is widely recommended for woman planning to conceive.
When to test: Cortisol is not dependent on what day it is being taken throughout the cycle. The same can be said for DHEA, Testosterone, Estradiol. You can take a sample for these on any day. With the Progesterone however, it is important to take the sample as near day 21 (in most cases) as you possibly can as the sample is assessing your levels during luteal phase. This is the phase post ovulation and pre menstruation. Progesterone levels should be at a certain level around this time. If taken too early you may be taking a sample during follicular phase which is the phase post menstruation and pre ovulation. During this time progesterone levels are very different. Along with your kit, you will receive detailed instruction designed to assist you in determining your ideal test date.
Important: Testing progesterone levels in the pre-ovulation phase (follicular phase) or whilst using birth control is not advised. Post menopause, you have no progesterone so unless you are taking bio identical hormones, testing is unnecessary. This Kit comes with specific instructions in regard to optimum time to test and storage if required. Friendly support is also available during business hours.