Types of Hormone Testing
Bioma’s hormone testing offers a diverse range of blood tests, each of which measures a different hormone, or group of hormones:
Furthermore, hormone blood tests will also help individuals with a family history of hormone related conditions, such as breast cancer, or thyroid disease, so early detection and prevention can be made, if needed. Lastly, if you are starting any medication that can impact your hormone levels, blood tests will allow you to monitor any changes, and adjust treatment if needed.
Why should you consider hormone blood testing?
Your metabolism, growth and development, and sexual function are all regulated by hormones in the body, amongst other functions, therefore, it is important to understand if your hormone levels are optimal or not.
Typically, hormone blood tests will differ depending on the targeted hormone, or aim of the test, they can be used to measure the levels of different hormones in your bloodstream. In particular, if you notice that you are experiencing common symptoms of hormonal imbalance, like fatigue, weight gain, and mood, or are perimenopausal, or would like to know if you are going through menopause, hormone blood tests can aid in identifying what the cause is.
Furthermore, hormone testing will also help individuals with a family history of hormone related conditions, such as breast cancer, or thyroid disease, so early detection and prevention can be made, if needed. Lastly, if you are starting any medication that can impact your hormone levels, hormone testing will allow you to monitor any changes, and adjust treatment if needed.
What should you consider?
Before purchasing and having a hormone blood test, it is always best to consider a few aspects of the process, to make sure you completely understand what is important, and even better ask questions such as which hormones are being tested, how is the sample collected, how comprehensive is the test, and how long will results take?
How to prepare for hormone testing:
Listen to your healthcare provider: Follow any instructions healthcare providers may set, as they can give you specific instructions prior to taking a test, such as fasting for a certain period of time or avoiding certain medications.
Staying hydrated: Drink plenty of water before your blood test, as it can make it easier to draw blood.
Relax: For some people blood tests can be stressful, trying to stay calm and relaxed before your test can not only help the drawing process, but stress can also affect hormone levels, which may interfere with the results.