What is an At Home Female Health Test?
The Female Health test measures hormones essential for women’s overall health. A balance of these hormones affects muscle strength, bone density, weight gain, pregnancy in women, and the healthy aging process.
What does the test measure and why?
The test measures five key hormones:
- Progesterone: The female hormone responsible for preparing female body for pregnancy. Progesterone plays key role in maintaining regular menstrual cycle and high levels can cause PMS, mood swings, and tenderness.
- Testosterone: This female sexual hormone is also responsible for building muscles and reducing fat in women. Low levels can affect weight gain, muscle and bone loss while high levels can cause infertility. Knowing testosterone levels helps determine how your results look for a normal aging process.
- Di-hydro-epi-androsterone (DHEA): A precursor to testosterone and estrogen, DHEA peaks even before testosterone in youth. Excess levels can be an indicator of problems with adrenal glands, however, normal levels vary by age.
- Cortisol: An indicator of our stress levels, cortisol plays key role in metabolism by breaking down muscles and bones. High levels of cortisol result in weight gain around waist, overall immune suppression, and fluid retention in the body. Cortisol levels follow the diurnal pattern, highest in the morning when we are most energetic, and gradually decrease throughout the day.
- Estradiol: The most common form of estrogen, estradiol is a female hormone responsible for menstrual cycle. It affects bone health, especially after menopause. It plays important role for healthy liver, skin, and brain.
How to get tested for Female Health?
The easiest low-cost way to get tested for women’s health is from the convenience of your home. Simply order a Female Health test kit, collect a saliva sample, send your sample to our CLIA-certified labs, and find out your levels in less than a week.
For more information on each of these hormones please see: All About Testosterone, All About Cortisol, the Wikipedia page on Estradiol, and brief description of DHEA from Webmd or Mayo Clinic. This article from Healthywomen.com is an excellent source of information on Progesterone.