Particulars?You will usually receive the results of these female hormone determinations within 24 hours.
The blood test for hormones for women provides insight into the female sex hormones. These female hormones are important to measure if, for example, you have problems with reproduction or other hormonal imbalance symptoms. This can be done, for example lethargy, fatigue, depression and reduced libido are symptoms. We measure estradiol E2, progesterone, FSH and LH and prolactin. Women's hormone balance is partly maintained by these hormones. What exactly is measured in these female hormone blood tests?
What do we determine in the blood test for female hormones?
Ovulation test: ProgesteroneA progesterone test is also called the ovulation test or the pregnancy check test. It is performed to determine ovulation, which takes place in the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle. It is also used during pregnancy to determine a possible ectopic pregnancy or early miscarriage . The function of progesterone is to maintain the uterine lining during pregnancy. This allows a fertilized egg to implant. A drop in progesterone indicates the start of menstruation. Progesterone is often measured by couples undergoing IVF treatments or infertility treatments to test whether ovulation is actually occurring.
Female hormones: estradiolEstradiol is the most important female sex hormone. Estradiol is part of the estrogen group and is produced in the ovaries under the influence of LH and FSH. Testosterone is converted into estradiol with the help of the enzyme aromatase. Estradiol thus ensures the development of female sexual characteristics such as breast formation and body shape. During pregnancy it ensures the maturation of the uterine wall. It also ensures the maintenance of the bone structure. Bone growth is dependent on estradiol. Estradiol is often increased in pregnancy and tumors of the ovaries or adrenal glands and it is decreased in, among other things, anorexia nervosa.
Female hormones: FSH and LHFSH is used to determine menopause and when investigating fertility problems (infertility). FSH plays an important role in follicle stimulation and together with LH it ensures the production of the female hormone estradiol. After ovulation, it also produces progesterone together with LH. LH causes ovulation from the mature follicle.
Female hormones: ProlactinProlactin is tested for fertility problems and disrupted milk secretion during pregnancy. It occurs in low concentrations in women and men, but may be increased in pregnant women. This is normal. An abnormal increase occurs, for example, in milk secretion from the nipples, headaches, infertility in both men and women. It can also cause erection problems in men. Prolactin suppresses FSH and LH.
When to choose this test?Choose the female hormone blood test when:
- For complaints of infertility or infertility
- For menopausal complaints or complaints that resemble an early menopause
- For an irregular menstrual cycle or headache
- With IVF treatments