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How does a docctor perform a hormone imbalance test?

How does a docctor perform a hormone imbalance test?

Hormone imbalance: Tests for hormonal imbalance can be done by a doctor during a physical exam and with tests done on blood, urine, or saliva. The physician uses a combination of diagnostic skills plus information from tests to determine hormone imbalance. ...Read more

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Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Hormone (Definition)

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


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Why does a gynecologist order a 17 alpha ohp test in a female ?

Why does a gynecologist order a 17 alpha ohp  test in  a female ?

NCAH: In females with hirsutism, irregular periods, recalcitrant acne, for example, this test will screen for the most common form of (non-classical) congenital adrenal hyperplasia. If significantly elevated, the hormonal source of the problem is more than likely the adrenal gland. An endocrinology referral would be the next step. ...Read more

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What is a simple fertility test a woman can take ?

What is a simple fertility test a woman can take ?

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 more

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Is it possible by a blood test or a urine test to determine if I have a dopamine deficiency?

Is it possible by a blood test or a urine test to determine if I have a dopamine deficiency?

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 more

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Can you do a blood test to check for chemical imbalance?

Can you do a blood test to check for chemical imbalance?

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

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How can you get a testostron level check for a female?

How can you get  a testostron level  check for a female?

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

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How does a doc test for thyroid problems?

How does a doc test for thyroid problems?

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 more

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What doctor can give me a Hormonal testing to check my hormonal level and possibly a high sex drive?

What doctor can give me a Hormonal testing to check my hormonal level and possibly a high sex drive?

Any FP or IM: can monitor your testosterone levels. Hyper sexuality may also be caused by other metabolic or psychological issues. ...Read more

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Will a blood test be able to detect hormonal imbalances?

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

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How are antibodies linked to a color change that a woman can see on a positive pregnancy test?

How are antibodies linked to a color change that a woman can see on a positive pregnancy test?

Test for hcg: The urine pregnancy test has antibodies to HCG which detects its presence. The presence of HCG is a marker for pregnancy. It produces a color change via a chemical reaction ...Read more

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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?

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

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Can you tell me how is a genetic test done on a child?

Can you tell me how is a genetic test done on a child?

Varies: Some can be done from a swab of the inside of the mouth.Some are done from blood cells. Some may require a skin or muscle biopsy, depending on the type of issue being tested. ...Read more

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How can you test for hormone imbalances?

How can you test for hormone imbalances?

The need for: Testing and determing which tests are appropriate is guided by symptoms and examination. The tests will be different depending on which organs/ glands or hormones are involved. ...Read more

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What is a nicotine metabolite test? Is this a normal test done to diagnose a uti?

What is a nicotine metabolite test?  Is this a normal test done to diagnose a uti?

UTI: No. This is a test for nicotine in your body. This nicotine urine test is used to determine active tobacco use. The cutoff is set high to exclude passive inhalation of second-hand smoke. ...Read more

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When does a doctor order a breath test instead of a urine test?

When does a doctor order a breath test instead of a urine test?

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

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How does one test for partial androgen insensitivity? Is it something a doctor can easily create an order to be tested in labcorp/quest?

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 more

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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?

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 more

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Dr. Michael Rothman
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Hormone Imbalance (Definition)

Hormonal imbalance is when the chemicals from the brain controlling organs in the body are at a level that don't allow normal organ function. The organs may function at too high or too ...Read more