Female Hormone Optimization Panel

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Also known as: Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate, DHEA SO4, DHEA Sulfate Immunoassay, DHEAS, Transdehydroandrosterone


DHEA-sulfate test measures the amount of DHEA-sulfate in the blood. DHEA-sulfate is a weak male hormone (androgen) produced by the adrenal gland in both men and women.

Also known as: Estrogen Total Serum

Estrogen, Total, Serum

Estrogen is a group of steroids that regulate the menstrual cycle and function as the main female sex hormones. Estrogens are responsible for the development of female sex organs and secondary sex characteristics and are tied to the menstrual cycle and pregnancy. They are considered the main sex hormones in women and are present in small quantities in men.

Also known as: Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and Luteinizing Hormone (LH), Follicle Stimulating Hormone and Luteinizing Hormone



Also known as: Progesterone Immunoassay


Serum progesterone is a test to measure the amount of progesterone in the blood. Progesterone is a hormone produced mainly in the ovaries. In women, progesterone plays a vital role in pregnancy. After an egg is released by the ovaries (ovulation), progesterone helps make the uterus ready for implantation of a fertilized egg. It prepares the womb (uterus) for pregnancy and the breasts for milk production. Men produce some amount of progesterone, but it probably has no normal function except to help produce other steroid hormones.

Also known as: Testosterone Free Bioavailable and Total LCMSMS


Albumin is a protein made by the liver. A serum albumin test measures the amount of this protein in the clear liquid portion of the blood.

Sex Hormone Binding

The sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) test measures the concentration of SHBG in the blood. SHBG is a protein that is produced by the liver and binds tightly to testosterone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT), and estradiol (an estrogen). In this bound state, it transports them in the blood as an inactive form. The amount of SHBG in circulation is affected by age and sex, by decreased or increased testosterone or estrogen production and can be affected by certain diseases and conditions such as liver disease, hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism, and obesity. Changes in SHBG levels can affect the amount of testosterone that is available to be used by the body's tissues. A total testosterone test does not distinguish between bound and unbound testosterone but determines the overall quantity of testosterone. If a person's SHBG level is not normal, then the total testosterone may not be an accurate representation of the amount of testosterone that is available to the person's tissues.



A testosterone test measures the amount of the male hormone, testosterone, in the blood. Both men and women produce this hormone. In males, the testicles produce most of the testosterone in the body. Levels are most often checked to evaluate signs of low testosterone: In boys -- early or late puberty and in men -- impotence, low level of sexual interest, infertility, thinning of the bones In females, the ovaries produce most of the testosterone and levels are most often checked to evaluate signs of higher testosterone levels, such as: decreased breast size, excess hair growth, increased size of the clitoris. irregular or absent menstrual periods and male-pattern baldness or hair thinning.


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The Female Hormone Optimization Panel panel contains 5 tests with 10 biomarkers.

The Female Hormone Optimization Panel is a comprehensive test that evaluates various hormone levels to help understand a woman’s hormonal balance. This panel is particularly useful for assessing hormonal causes of infertility, menopausal symptoms, irregular menstrual cycles, and other hormone-related disorders. The panel includes the following tests:

  1. DHEA Sulfate, Immunoassay: DHEA sulfate is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands and is a precursor to sex hormones. Measuring DHEA sulfate can help evaluate adrenal function and detect adrenal tumors or hyperplasia. It can also give insights into potential hormonal imbalances that affect overall health and vitality.

  2. Estrogen, Total, Serum: This test measures the total amount of estrogen in the blood. Estrogen is a key sex hormone responsible for the regulation of the menstrual cycle, reproductive system, and secondary sexual characteristics. It can be useful in evaluating ovarian function and can play a role in diagnosing conditions like estrogen-producing tumors.

  3. FSH and LH: Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) are produced by the pituitary gland and are crucial for the regulation of the menstrual cycle and ovulation. The levels of these hormones can provide valuable information about ovarian reserve, the function of the ovaries, and can help pinpoint issues such as the onset of menopause or pituitary disorders.

  4. Progesterone, Immunoassay: Progesterone is produced by the ovaries after ovulation and is essential for maintaining pregnancy. Measuring progesterone levels can help evaluate ovulation and can be critical in fertility treatments. It can also help diagnose causes of infertility and monitor high-risk pregnancies.

  5. Testosterone, Free, Bioavailable, and Total, MS: Although testosterone is often thought of as a male hormone, it also plays a significant role in female health. This test measures all forms of testosterone (free, bioavailable, and total). Abnormal levels of testosterone in women can be linked to conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), adrenal disorders, and ovarian tumors.

These tests work in conjunction to provide a detailed picture of a woman’s hormonal health. By understanding the levels of these hormones, healthcare providers can develop a treatment plan for hormone optimization, address specific health concerns, and help improve the patient’s quality of life. This panel is particularly beneficial for women experiencing symptoms that may be due to hormonal imbalances, those undergoing fertility treatments, or women entering menopause.

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