-Tests for Estradiol (E2), Progesterone (Pg), Testosterone (T), DHEA-Sulfate (DHEA-S), Cortisol (Diurnal CX4), Sex Hormone-Binding Globulin (SHBG), Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), Free Triiodothyronine (fT3), Free Thyroxine (fT4), Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) in Women
-Results Available in Just 5-7 Business Days From Date Specimen is Received
-Includes Saliva and Blood Spot Sample Collection
-Includes a Detailed Report of Hormone Levels to Review with Your Doctor
*In order to receive results, please print your email address clearly in the test requisition form included in the kit.
The ZRT Female Hormone Imbalance Profile II tests the following hormone levels:
Sex Hormone-Binding Globulin (SHBG)
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
Free Triiodothyronine (fT3)
Free Thyroxine (fT4)
Thyroid peroxidase (TPO)
By testing the levels of these hormones together, ZRT can create a hormone profile for the blood/saliva donor, which gives a more complete picture of health beyond testing a single hormone level. Testing multiple hormone levels at once is also more convenient and less expensive than testing single hormone levels.
These hormone blood and saliva tests are ideal for at-home use where people can perform the collection at their convenience. As hormones work together, it makes more sense to test them for imbalances together rather than testing single hormones at a time.
Why test for these hormones?
For the Saliva Test:
Estradiol and Progesterone: Generally, these two hormones will be measured together, as it is their ratio to each other that will indicate an imbalance. In reproductive age women, an excess of estradiol in relation to progesterone can explain the following symptoms:
Older women who use estrogen supplements alone can have a deficiency in progesterone, which can lead to symptoms of estrogen dominance, including:
Weight gain in the hips and thighs
Fibrocystic and tender breasts
Estrogen dominance that is not corrected can lead to cancers of the uterus and breasts, and insulin resistance.
The onset of menopause, when ovarian estrogen and progesterone production declines, can bring with it a new subset of symptoms from low estradiol levels, including:
More rapid skin aging
Testosterone: Often caused by ovarian cysts, excess testosterone can lead to conditions such as:
Excessive facial and body hair
Oily skin and hair
Too little testosterone is often caused by excessive stress, medications, contraceptives, and surgical removal of the ovaries. This leads to symptoms of androgen deficiency, including:
Loss of libido
Loss of bone and muscle mass
DHEA-S: Produced by the adrenal glands, levels of DHEA-S generally reflect adrenal gland function. Like cortisol, it is involved with immune function. Low DHEA can result in reduced libido and general malaise, while high DHEA can have masculinizing effects on women because it metabolizes to androgens, including testosterone.
Cortisol: An indicator of adrenal function and exposure to stressors, normal cortisol production shows a healthy ability to respond to stress. Low cortisol levels can indicate adrenal fatigue (a reduced ability to respond to stressors), and can leave the body more vulnerable to poor blood sugar regulation and immune system dysfunction. Chronically high cortisol is a consequence of high, constant exposure to stressors, and this has serious implications for long-term health, including an increased risk of cancer, osteoporosis, and possibly Alzheimer’s disease.
For the Blood Spot Test:
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, Free Triiodothyronine, Free Thyroxine and Thyroid Peroxidase: Tests of these hormones can indicate the presence of an imbalance in thyroid function, which can cause a wide variety of symptoms, including:
Feeling cold all the time
Low sex drive