Enhanced Hormone Health Check – 6 important hormones – Verisana Lab

Enhanced Hormone Health Check

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With the Enhanced Hormone Health Check we use 3 saliva samples to measure:

1.) Progesterone (1x)
2.) Estradiol (1x)
3.) DHEA (1x)
4.) Cortisol (1x)
5.) Testosterone (1x)
6.) Estriol (1x)

This test gives you indications of imbalances in ​​stress hormones (chronic fatigue, burnout, inflammation, etc.) as well as sex hormones (hair loss, menstrual problems, weight gain, etc.).

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Details
Who should take the test?

Concerned about depressive moods, sleep disturbance or infertility? Perhaps you are suffering from many different complaints and failed to indetify the underlying cause?

An imbalanced hormone system affects our health in a lot of different ways, producing symptoms that reduce our life quality and may increase the risk for a wide range of diseases. As many symptoms can relate to different hormonal imbalances, it is sometimes difficult to identify the actual cause. Therefore, an enhanced hormone test which evaluates the values of a range of different hormones is most approriate in cases where the origin of the problem is not determined yet.

The test analyzes the morning values of the following hormones:

  • Estradiol
  • Testosterone
  • Progesterone
  • Estriol
  • DHEA
  • Cortisol

Our Enhanced Hormone Health Check gives a broad overview for those who are looking for more information about their hormone system.

How does it work?

You collect the samples at home, send them back to us and we will provide you with your level of each hormone and whether your level falls within the reference ranges for your age. In addition to that, the results include graphs showing whether your are in the “green” (=normal/healthy) or “red” (=too high/low) area, making it easy to understand the results.

What will my results tell me?

Your results will provide detailed information about whether your estradiol, estriol, testosterone, progesterone, DHEA and cortisol levels are normal, low, or high compared to reference ranges in your age group. You can then discuss the results with your doctor or health practitioner, who can give you further guidance and treatment recommendations.

What guidance will I get along with my results?

We always recommend the discussion of the mailed results with your doctor or practitioner. Besides, further information is available on our website, especially in the different test categories, under “health conditions” and the FAQs. Still have questions? Then you can contact us by phone at +44 (0)20 3286 6316 or mail at contact@verisana.co.uk.

Test measures
For the Enhanced Hormone Health Check we analyse:
  • Estradiol
  • Progesterone
  • Testosterone
  • DHEA
  • Cortisol
  • Estriol
Estradiol and Progesterone

Estrogens are the most important of the female sex hormones. Estrogen is actually made up of a group of hormones, but Estradiol is biologically the most active during the fertile years of women.

It is responsible for:

  • The development of the female body, from girl to woman
  • The monthly regeneration and protection of the endometrium (womb)
  • Breast growth
  • The elasticity of the blood vessels
  • Radiant skin and healthy hair
  • Moist eyes and mucous membranes
  • Clear thinking processes
  • Stabilisation of moods

Progesterone is produced by the ovaries shortly after ovulation in order to prepare the uterus for a possible pregnancy and to protect the mucous lining of the uterus. Together with Estrogen, the most important of the female sex hormones, progesterone regulates the menstrual cycle.

The sensitive balance between estrogen and progesterone

Estrogen values tend to fluctuate throughout a woman’s lifetime, not just during the menstrual cycle. The strength of these fluctuations is different for each individual and the body reacts to them with different symptoms. It is not just a deficiency in Estrogen that can cause physical complaints: an excess, or Estrogen dominance, can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms, such as water retention, nausea, depressive moods, tiredness, listlessness, lack of concentration, anxiety, breast sensitivity, cysts and fibroids, painful menstruation, and weight gain.

Although it may sound contradictory, an Estrogen dominance can occur at the same time as an Estrogen deficiency due to the fine, coordinated balance between Estrogen and progesterone. The Estrogen levels define how much progesterone is needed. An Estrogen dominance can occur if the body is not producing enough progesterone for the level of Estrogen. This means it can also occur if the body is not producing enough Estrogen (Estrogen deficiency) if the body is also not producing the relative amount of progesterone.

Therefore, in the case of an Estrogen deficiency it is important to not only determine the absolute values of the individual hormones, but also the ratio of Estrogen to progesterone.

Estriol

Estrogens are the most important of the female sex hormones. Estrogen is actually made up of three hormones: Estrone, Estradiol and Estriol. Although Estradiol is biologically the most active during the fertile years of women, a healthy amount of Estriol is equally important for general health and well-being.

It is responsible for:
  • The vitality of the mucous membranes of the body
  • Successful pregnancy
  • Supporting the urinary tract

Estriol is normally produced in small quantities, only during pregnancy the production increases. Estriol fosters the structure of the vaginal mucosa: the vaginal cells are stimulated to split and mature faster. As a result, the mucosa gets thicker and more resistant.

Although Estriol is a weak Estrogen, it prevents urinary tract infections, the mucous membranes become more resistant to bacteria and wound healing after surgery or injury is also accelerated. General menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes or mood swings are also positively influenced by Estriol.

 

DHEA and Cortisol

Cortisol and DHEA are both produced in the adrenal glands. Cortisol is the most important stress hormone besides adrenaline: Stress hormones help the body to react to particular strain. They release energy reserves in order to prepare the body for “escape” or “attack”. During hard, physical work, competitive sports, psychological, physical and mental stress situations, or during a severe illness, the distribution of cortisol is also stimulated.

Cortisol and DHEA play an important role in the different metabolic processes in the body. In immune processes, cortisol helps with its anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic effect, and has an important function in maintaining the health of the body.

DHEA is a precursor of female and male sex hormones. The production of DHEA declines with advancing age from the age of 30 and its deficiency can cause various diseases.

It is responsible for:

  • Burning of body fat
  • Prevention of osteoporosis
  • Minimizing cancer and heart diseases
  • Strengthening the immune system
  • Slowing down the aging process
  • Positively influence memory performance

However: Both too low and too high levels can cause unpleasant symptoms.

It is well known that chronic stress is unhealthy – and stress is, in turn, the most important impulse that causes the increase of the distribution of cortisol. If the cortisol levels are too high, symptoms can include immunodeficiency, depression, physical exhaustion, metabolic disorders, diabetes, obesity and sleeping disorders. Excessively high cortisol levels can indeed cause unpleasant symptoms.

Just the same, excessively low cortisol levels can interfere with general well-being: Cortisol is vital. Apart from the provision of energy reserves, it also plays a role in the cardiovascular health,gastrointestinal health, the immune system and brain functions. As does DHEA. Low DHEA levels are susprected to increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, osteoporosis, depression, heart disease and obesity. High DHEA levels can cause in women a deeper voice and an increased hair growth all over the body.

Testosterone

Testosterone is a sex hormone that is mainly associated with men – after all, it is responsible for the characteristics that distinguish the appearance of men from women, such as beard growth: it ensures the development of the male sex organ and is responsible for sexual potency and fertility. In addition, it strengthens the heart, brain and bones, supports muscle growth and fat decomposition, counteracts diabetes and high blood pressure, and helps to lower cholesterol levels.

However, testosterone is also important for women, even though they produce 20 to 30 times less testosterone than men. Testosterone has a mood lifting effect, ensures for more assertiveness and enhances the desire for sex in both women and men. It also enhances sexual sensitivity, making it easier for women to reach orgasm.

The body can only profit from all of these positive properties by having a healthy testosterone level; a deficiency can cause the complaints listed above and an excess can, amongst other things, lead to excessive aggressiveness, acne, oily skin and unwanted body hair (face and body) in women.

Testosterone deficiency can affect women as well as men.

Some of the symptoms connected with a testosterone deficiency:

  • Decreased libido, potency problems (♂), orgasm difficulties (♀)
  • Decrease in muscles / few distinctive muscles
  • Fat deposits in the stomach and breast areas
  • Cellulite, varicose veins
  • Slack arms and face, wrinkle development, dry skin
  • Decreased hair growth (e.g. beard (♂))
  • Low stamina, consistent tiredness
  • Low assertiveness, uncertainty
  • Decreased stress resistance, nervousness
  • Anxiety, depressive moods
  • Forgetfulness
Symptoms
Symptoms the Enhanced Hormone Health Check is suitable for:
  • Fatigue or feeling tired
  • Depression
  • Painful menstruation
  • Desire to have children
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Lack of concentration
  • Uncertainity
  • Irritability
Sample collection guide
General

Please read the following instructions in detail, before starting with the sample collection.

 

Please download the instructions here

Sample report
The Sample Report

Below you will find the sample report for the Enhanced Hormone Health Check.

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What is the difference to the Male/Female Hormone Health Check?

For the enhanced hormone health check, we also test estriol. Like estradiol, estriol belongs to the group of estrogens. While estradiol is the most biologically active estrogen in women's fertile years, a sufficient amount of estriol is just as important for a healthy hormonal balance.

Is estriol important for men as well?

Yes! Although estrogens are called "female sex hormones", they are also important for men. Estriol strengthens the mucous membranes in the urogenital tract, in the intestine and in the joints and thus protects our body from harmful bacteria or viruses. Due to its mucosal strengthening effect, it is also important for wound healing after injuries or operations.

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