To decide whether you need hormone testing (and if so, what kind), your doctor will likely start by asking you questions about your symptoms. This will help him/her put together the pieces of what might be going on.
“The workflow in my head focuses on three questions,” Dr. Batur says. “First, do these symptoms sound hormonal? If so, do they sound like they’re related to estrogen, progesterone, testosterone or some other type of hormone? And finally, is it because they’re too low or too high?”
Once your doctor has a sense of what might be happening, they’ll figure out which tests to (or not to) run.
Common hormonal imbalances seen in women
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Thyroid disease
7 common symptoms of hormone imbalances
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Hair changes
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Unexplained weight gain
- Unexplained weight loss
- Vaginal dryness
For more information or to schedule an appointment to check your hormone levels, call your local, AMC.