Hormone imbalances can cause fatigue, reduced libido, weight gain/loss, increased appetite, mood changes and much more. The optimal balance of hormones can be life changing and can allow you to live an energetic and stress-free lifestyle.
Hormone testing in the blood is an easy and effective way to measure hormones in the body. Your Naturopathic Doctor at the Nardella Clinic in Calgary will suggest the best days and times to have hormones tested. For example, cortisol can be tested in the morning and afternoon if necessary to see when and how your symptoms correlate with those cortisol levels at that time. Salivary cortisol hormone testing is also available which provides multiple cortisol levels throughout the day.
For women, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, FSH and LH should be tested at particular times during the menstrual cycle in order to diagnose and catch hormone imbalance accurately.
Common hormones tested in the blood are:
- Luteinizing Hormone (LH)
- Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)
- Anti-Muellarian hormone (AMH)
- Thyroid hormone panel (Free T3, Free T4, Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, Anti-Thyroid Peroxidase, Reverse T3 and Anti-thyroglobuilin)