Doctor insights on:
How Does A Docctor Perform A Hormone Imbalance Test
A hormone (from greek ὁρμή, "impetus") is a chemical released by a cell or a gland in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the organism. Only a little amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. In essence, it is a chemical messenger that transports a signal from ...Read more
Genetic disease hunt: Congenital adrenal hyperplasia is a family of several illnesses in which the adrenals can't make enough cortisol without being pushed hard and then make other hormone as by-products. In the two common ones, 17alpha hydroxyprogesterone is up, in another it's absent; they're quite common and manageable if diagnosed & will make your life better. ...Read more
Questions ...: Have you been trying off birth control for a year or more? Are you 35 or more? Do you have irregular cycles (35 or more days from period start to next start day)? Do you smoke or have smoked heavily in the past? Have you had chlamydia, pelvic inflammatory disease, burst appendix, or ovary surgery? Have you had two or more miscarriages or one tubal (ectopic) pregnancy? Yes to any = see fertility md. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sure it is....: There are plenty of people who'd love to tell you TO THE NANOGRAM how much dopamine you HAVE in your blood or urine, what you're deficiency is, & how much you need to become normal. BUT- how replacement will impact you's a TOTALLY DIFFERENT QUESTION. I wouldn't spend money getting such tests. They're of no value to the clinician who knows how to treat dopamine deficiency diseases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can a doctor see you are pregnant thru a pelvic exam before a blood test or a urine test can come back positive?
No: This would require powers beyond the skills of even the best examiners. ...Read more
No single test: There is no single test for "chemical imbalance". Tests are available for many chemicals and the choice of test is usually dictated by the clinical presentation. ...Read more
Same as a guy: Ask your doctor for a blood test, same way it's checked in men. Of course, the normal reference range will be much lower. But be clear as to why you want to know. Are you worried about too much or too little testosterone? Talk to your family physician about your concerns so that s/he can best assist you in optimizing your health (as opposed to mechanically ordering a single test). ...Read more
Tests : Usually severa ways -- good history and exam always comes first. Lab tests usually follow including tests for function and antibodies. It may stop there or an ultrasound may be necessary. In some cases if ultrasound shows large nodules, a fine needle biopsy would be the next. Radio-active iodine scans are usually reserved for hyper functioning nodule detection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What doctor can give me a Hormonal testing to check my hormonal level and possibly a high sex drive?
Usually, but...: Usually, but first you need to have an indication that there is a hormonal problem -- such as clinical signs and/or symptoms. Check w/your doctor or see an endocrinologist. Beware of information on the internet. ...Read more
An urethral swab: Is another method.Get a more detailed answer ›
My doctor ordered a cortrosyn stimulation test. Does this have to be done at 8am like my previos cortisol test or is time not a factor?
It depends.: Usually, a Cortrosyn Stimulation Test give 4 results: ACTH(Baseline) & Cortisol(Baseline, 30', & 60'). The baseline ACTH & Cortisol are affected by time of day, and should be done as close as possible to your usual wake-up time (Traditionally ordered as 8AM). However, the most important values are the 30' & 60' Cortisols - these determine whether or not your adrenals can make enough Cortisol. ...Read more
Method selection: The method chosen (breath, blood, urine, etc.) depends on the substance being measured, how it reacts with the body (metabolites, etc.) the performance and availability of the test. Some substances are more easily detected by breath tests (e.g. alcohol, ammonia) while others may be concentrated in urine (most drugs of abuse.) ...Read more
How does one test for partial androgen insensitivity? Is it something a doctor can easily create an order to be tested in labcorp/quest?
Just an idea: I may have been the one who had the idea. Androgen insensitivity ranges from XY males who look like females, through men with ambiguous genitalia or hypospadias, and probably to guys who just never become quite as masculinized as others. An endocrinologist can sort things out, but testing is specialized and since there's really no Rx, perhaps not useful. Best wishes; hope you get what you want. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When your gyn checks you for an ovarian cyst and then asks you to take a blood test for ca-125. Is that a bad sign?
CA 125 - Why check?: Cancer antigen 125 (ca-125) is not a screening test for ovarian cancer. It is an adjunctive test for measuring tumor response (ie, a tumor marker) for pts w/ known ovarian cancer. It isn't perfect even when we know someone has ovarian cancer. In the appropriate clinical setting -- eg an abnormal ovary on imaging it might help determine if a mass is benign or malignant, but again is not perfect. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
- Talk to a doctor live online for free
- Female hormone imbalance test
- How to cure hormone imbalance?
- How to tell if your hormones are imbalanced?
- Ask a doctor a question free online
- How to perform a liver function test?
- Hormone imbalance
- Imbalanced hormones
- How to know if you have a hormone imbalance?
- Talk to a endocrinologist online for free