Hormonal changes are usually most pronounced for women during menopause, which typically begins in the late 40s & early 50s. Menopause is when the ovaries stop producing eggs, marking the end of fertility. In advance of this (perimenopause), the menstrual cycle begins to change, before eventually ceasing entirely. A hormone profile however can be useful in understanding many other conditions that can develop before or after menopause, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), thyroid disease, & many more.
When should I get tested?
In women’s heath, a number of conditions can be diagnosed by looking at hormone levels, & having your hormone levels checked is important for women of all ages who are experiencing certain symptoms. Conditions causing weight gain & loss, low or fluctuating energy levels, general fatigue, hirsutism (abnormal excess hair growth), acne, & hair loss all affect normal hormone levels. Your doctor will likely recommend this test if you have symptoms related to hormone level fluctuations. You can also arrange to have this test as a general check-up, if you are curious to know your hormonal health.
What does the test include
This is a simple blood test, covering FSH, LH, Oestrogen, Progesterone, Prolactin, Testosterone, SHBG, & Free Androgen Index