It is easy to think of hormone replacement therapy as a cure-all to the often very inconvenient symptoms of menopause, andropause, and other physical conditions characterized by hormonal imbalance. However, like all other medical treatments, there are a number of factors to consider if a patient’s condition can be suitably addressed by hormone replacement therapy.
It is a well-known fact that the signs of hormonal imbalance vary from person to person; some experience drastic changes in appearance that hinder them from performing their daily tasks normally, some become more irritable or forgetful than the usual, while others hardly feel any difference at all. Lab testing can be done to find out once and for all if a patient has hormone imbalance or if the symptoms that inconvenience him or her can be attributed to this condition.
Convenient Testing Options for Hormone Imbalance
Our clinic must first obtain a sample of the patient’s saliva and blood for the lab test. Saliva has hormones which are still unbounded to protein; these are hormones that have not yet reached their respective target cells. A saliva test determines if the body has enough unattached hormones. The said test can be done either in a lab or at home with the use of convenient home testing kits. Saliva testing is the most accurate way of measuring the body’s hormone levels.
Blood lab testing can determine hormone levels less accurately than saliva lab testing. Because of this, blood samples are mainly used to measure health markers such as blood glucose, blood counts, prostate-specific antigen, and more. Just like saliva testing, blood testing can be done in the lab using a traditional blood draw, or at home using a blood spot testing kit.
Taking the First Step Towards Balanced Hormones
Our bioidentical hormone replacement therapy program at Genemedics always begins with lab testing to determine the patient’s hormone levels and other health markers. If you feel that the recent changes in your body or disposition are caused by conditions related to hormonal imbalance, please give us a call at 800-277-4041 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to set an appointment for testing. After the initial test, we will schedule you to meet with our board-certified physicians and anti-aging specialists so we can discuss your results and how we can work together to improve your hormone levels and overall health.
What to Expect After Your Lab Results Come In
To combat a condition that manifests itself differently in every patient and to efficiently alleviate the varied symptoms of hormonal imbalance, Genemedics makes sure that its programs are tailored to meet the particular needs of each client. In fact, our clinic added a personalized nutrition plan and exercise, weight loss, and supplement regimens to our hormone replacement therapy program for the benefit of the patients who experienced sudden weight gain and other physical changes that may affect their self-image and disposition. These, we believe, will help our patients work towards their fitness and health goals as they enjoy the benefits of having balanced hormone levels.