There are five hormones in the body of a woman which fundamentally helps in maintaining hormonal balance. They include;
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Having issues with hormonal imbalance may negatively impact a person’s health. There are tests which helps examine the effect of these hormones on the body.
Basic tests to diagnose hormonal problems in women
Weight gain is one of the most important areas of testing. A rise in the level of stress hormone (cortisol), can lead to instability in the blood sugar, hence increasing cravings for sugar. A high estrogen level may affect with the function of the thyroid gland, causing weight gain. Weight gain may also be a result of increase in the level of testosterone and/or DHEAs, which is linked to the polycystic ovarian syndrome that makes it hard to lose weight.
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An increase or decrease in cortisol can affect sleep, just as a fall in the estradiol level. Some women suffer from hot flashes and night sweats, during the postmenopausal period, leading to disturbed sleep.
Depression can lead to irritability and/or difficulty coping with hard situations. These are signs of hormonal imbalance. After some women are treated for hormonal imbalance, they often feel relieved of these disturbances.
The hormones testosterone and estradiol help in building bones. An increase in the amount of cortisol results in breaking down bones, as a result impeding the bone building function of the testosterone.
Saliva hormone test
This test can be used to diagnose hormone problems in women. In this, the saliva measures the hormone that has actually made it into a tissue, since hormones have to pass through the saliva gland tissue before they enter the saliva. Here, blood measures hormones that may or may not be able to enter the saliva tissue itself.
Breast cancer is caused by an increase in level of estradiol, a decrease in level of progesterone, and an out of range DHEAs. A very common sign of hormonal imbalance in women shows up in the form of breast cancer.
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