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Also known as: Cortisol AM

Cortisol, A.M.

A cortisol level is a blood test that measures the amount of cortisol, a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal gland. The test is done to check for increased or decreased cortisol production. Cortisol is a steroid hormone released from the adrenal gland in response to ACTH, a hormone from the pituitary gland in the brain. Cortisol affects many different body systems. It plays a role in: bone, circulatory system, immune system. metabolism of fats, carbohydrates, and protein. ervous system and stress responses.

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.


Estradiol (estradiol-17 beta, E2) is part of an estrogen that 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. Estradiol (E2) is the predominant form of estrogen and is produced primarily in the ovaries with additional amounts produced by the adrenal glands in women and in the testes and adrenal glands in men. Estradiol levels are used in evaluating ovarian function. Estradiol levels are increased in cases of early (precocious) puberty in girls and gynecomastia in men. Its main use has been in the differential diagnosis of amenorrhea – for example, to determine whether the cause is menopause, pregnancy, or a medical problem. In assisted reproductive technology (ART), serial measurements are used to monitor follicle development in the ovary in the days prior to in vitro fertilization. Estradiol is also sometimes used to monitor menopausal hormone replacement therapy.

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



Also known as: IGF-1, IGFI LCMS, Insulin-Like Growth Factor, Insulin-like Growth Factor - 1, Somatomedin C, Somatomedin-C

Igf I, LC/MS

The insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) test is an indirect measure of the average amount of growth hormone (GH) being produced by the body. IGF-1 and GH are polypeptide hormones, small proteins that are vital for normal bone and tissue growth and development. GH is produced by the pituitary gland, a grape-sized gland located at the base of the brain behind the bridge of your nose. GH is secreted into the bloodstream in pulses throughout the day and night with peaks that occur mostly during the night. IGF-1 is produced by the liver and skeletal muscle as well as many other tissues in response to GH stimulation. IGF-1 mediates many of the actions of GH, stimulating the growth of bones and other tissues and promoting the production of lean muscle mass. IGF-1 mirrors GH excesses and deficiencies, but its level is stable throughout the day, making it a useful indicator of average GH levels.

Z Score (Female)

z Score. A z-score (aka, a standard score) indicates how many standard deviations an element is from the mean. A z-score can be calculated from the following formula. z = (X - µ) / s where z is the z-score, X is the value of the element, µ is the population mean, and s is the standard deviation.

Also known as: Free T3, FT3, T3 Free

T3, Free

This test measures the amount of triiodothyronine, or T3, in the blood.

Also known as: Free T4, FT4, T4 Free

T4, Free

The free T4 test is not affected by protein levels. Since free T4 is the active form of thyroxine, the free T4 test is may be a more accurate reflection of thyroid hormone function.

Free T4 Index (T7)

FTI stands for the Free Thyroxine Index and is also sometimes referred to as T7. It is a calculated value determined from the T3 uptake test and total T4 test and provides an estimate of the level of free T4 in the blood.

T3 Uptake

T3 uptake is also known as T3 Resin Uptake (T3RU) or Thyroid Uptake. It estimates how much thyroid hormone-binding proteins are available in the blood through a calculation based on levels of T3 or T4 added to a person's blood specimen.

T4 (Thyroxine), Total

This test measures the amount of thyroxine, or T4, in the blood. T4 is one of two major hormones produced by the thyroid gland. The total T4 test is used to help diagnose hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. It is a useful test but can be affected by the amount of protein available in the blood to bind to the hormone.

Also known as: Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), Thyrotropin


A TSH test is a lab test that measures the amount of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in your blood. TSH is produced by the pituitary gland. It tells the thyroid gland to make and release thyroid hormones into the blood.



A TSH test is a lab test that measures the amount of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in your blood. TSH is produced by the pituitary gland. It tells the thyroid gland to make and release thyroid hormones into the blood.


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The Hormone Health, Women - Basic Plus panel contains 9 tests with 16 biomarkers.

Brief Description: The Hormone Health, Women - Basic Plus Panel is an expanded diagnostic tool designed to provide a deeper insight into a woman's hormonal balance. By encompassing a wider array of hormonal assessments, this panel goes beyond the basic evaluation, offering a more nuanced understanding of the endocrine system's influence on health and well-being.

This panel contains Estradiol #4021 which is not intended for patients under the age of 18 years old. For patients under 18 years old, order Estradiol, Ultrasensitive LC/MS/MS #30289. If Estradiol #4021 is ordered for a patient under 18, the lab will automatically change the code to and charge for Estradiol, Ultrasensitive LC/MS/MS #30289.

Collection Method: Blood Draw

Specimen Type: Serum

Test Preparation: Test is not recommended when patient is receiving prednisone/prednisolone therapy due to cross reactivity with the antibody used in this assay Specimen must be collected before 9 am.

Specifc to TSH: Specimen collection after fluorescein dye angiography should be delayed for at least 3 days. For patients on hemodialysis, specimen collection should be delayed for 2 weeks.

According to the assay manufacturer Siemens: "Samples containing fluorescein can produce falsely depressed values when tested with the Advia Centaur TSH3 Ultra assay."

When and Why the Panel May Be Ordered

Healthcare professionals may recommend the Hormone Health, Women - Basic Plus Panel for women presenting with symptoms indicative of hormonal imbalances, such as menstrual irregularities, fertility concerns, symptoms of thyroid dysfunction, unexplained weight changes, or persistent fatigue. This panel is particularly beneficial for those seeking a comprehensive overview of their hormonal health to diagnose potential issues or as a proactive step in monitoring and maintaining hormonal balance.

Insights Offered by the Panel

The Hormone Health, Women - Basic Plus Panel delves into various aspects of hormonal health:

  • Cortisol AM: This test measures morning cortisol levels, providing insights into stress response and adrenal gland health.
  • DHEA Sulfate: Evaluates the concentration of DHEA sulfate, an adrenal hormone that serves as a precursor to sex hormones, offering clues about adrenal function and overall vitality.
  • Estradiol: Assesses levels of estradiol, the primary form of estrogen, which is pivotal for reproductive health and menstrual cycle regulation.
  • FSH: Measures follicle-stimulating hormone, crucial for ovarian function and reproductive health.
  • Insulin Like Growth Factor-1: Provides information on growth hormone activity, reflecting on growth, development, and overall health.
  • Luteinizing Hormone: LH levels are key in regulating the menstrual cycle and ovulation, offering insights into reproductive health.
  • Thyroid Function Tests: Including T3 Free, T3 Uptake, T4 Total, T4 Free, and Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), these tests collectively assess thyroid health, crucial for metabolism, energy levels, and overall endocrine function.

Advancing Your Health Insights

For those seeking an even more detailed assessment, the Hormone Health, Women - Advanced and Hormone Health, Women - Comprehensive panels provide a deeper dive into hormonal health.

  • The Advanced panel introduces additional tests such as Insulin and Sex Hormone Binding Globulin, along with a comprehensive analysis of testosterone levels, enriching the understanding of metabolic health and androgen balance.
  • The Comprehensive panel is the most inclusive, adding a variety of tests like Progesterone, Prolactin, and different forms of estrogen, offering a holistic view of hormonal and metabolic health.

Conditions and Diseases Detected

The Hormone Health, Women - Basic Plus Panel aids in diagnosing:

  • Thyroid disorders: Such as hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, affecting metabolism and energy.
  • Reproductive health issues: Including polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), menopause transition, and fertility concerns.
  • Adrenal imbalances: Indicative of conditions like adrenal fatigue or hyperplasia.

Clinical Applications

The results from this panel enable healthcare professionals to tailor treatments for hormonal imbalances. This might involve hormone therapy, lifestyle interventions, or specific medications aimed at restoring hormonal equilibrium and alleviating associated symptoms.

The Hormone Health, Women - Basic Plus Panel is a vital tool in the assessment of hormonal health, offering a broad perspective that can guide the diagnosis, treatment, and management of various conditions related to hormonal imbalances. It empowers both healthcare providers and patients with the knowledge needed to make informed decisions for optimal health and well-being.

We advise having your results reviewed by a licensed medical healthcare professional for proper interpretation of your results.

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