Essential Estrogens - Hormone Test
The Essential Estrogens hormone test provides a focused overview of estrogen balance in both pre- and post-menopausal women. Using a single urine sample, the Essential Estrogens hormone test evaluates the dynamics of sex steroid metabolism that can profoundly affect a woman’s health throughout her lifetime. The Essential Estrogens hormone test is designed to assist in the prevention and treatment of estrogen-related symptoms and conditions. This robust urine analysis is ideal for prescribing and monitoring Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and for assessing the risk of estrogen-related diseases, including breast cancer risk, prostate disease, osteoporosis, and auto-immune disease.
Female Hormones and Hormone Testing
Hormones are tremendously complex. During the pre-menopausal years, imbalanced hormones can pose challenges with mood stabilization, conception, and regulations of the menstrual cycle.
Many women entering their 40’s and 50’s experience a range of symptoms from hormonal imbalance, including loss of sex drive, “brain fog”, weight gain, hot flashes, irregular menstrual cycles, vaginal dryness, urinary incontinence, depression and/or changes in sleep patterns.
Essential Estrogens Hormone Testing and Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
From the onset of ones period through menopause and beyond, proper hormone balance affects many of the issues most important to women: fertility, sex, relationships, and even ones outlook on life. Establishing hormonal baseline measures is essential to determining the need for hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or other means of balancing hormones.
The Essential Estrogens hormone test measures the following urinary estrogens and estrogen metabolites, and includes an assessment of estrogen methylation, which is a critical step in the protective mechanism of estrogen metabolism.
- Estrone 1 (E1)
- Estradiol (E2)
- Estriol (E3)
- 2-Hydroxy-estrone/16-Alpha-Hydroxy-estrone ratio
- 2-Methoxy-estrone/2-Hydroxy-estrone ratio
Estrogens, particularly estrone and estradiol, are well described in literature regarding the health and disease of estrogen sensitive tissues.
- Menopausal symptoms
- Uterine Fibroids
- Breast Cancer
Estrogen metabolites are proven to convey protection (if balanced) or increased risk (if imbalanced) for disease. Estrogen metabolite imbalance results in increased risk of:
- Breast Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
Estrogen methylation is a critical step in the protective mechanism of estrogen metabolism. Methylation is required for the protective effects of 2-hydroxy-estrone, and for the same detoxification of 4-hydroxy-estrone.