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Understanding Hormone Testing for Men and Women

  • Proper evaluation of your hormone levels requires sophisticated testing.
  • There is not one simple test that can give a complete picture of the level or your critical hormones.
  • We use state-of-the-art testing panels.
Blood Testing for Hormone Levels

The hormone tests used by Kingsberg Medical are designed to detect hormone imbalances, and specifically your levels of testosterone and human growth hormone. We use a combination of both simple and more comprehensive hormone panels.

Comprehensive laboratory and hormonal testing is often requested in both men & women in order to properly assess a person’s overall health as well as the status of the hypothalamic-pituitary axis which controls most of the hormones in the body including Growth Hormone.

Before any tests are done, you will have to start with a complete physical exam, which will include taking a thorough medical history. Be prepared to describe your symptoms in detail — when they started, how have they have persisted, and how they have progressed.

We use hormone blood test panels to test for specific hormone levels and imbalances. Comprehensive laboratory and hormonal testing is often requested in both men & women in order to properly assess a person’s overall health.

Hormone Panels for Men

We will draw a sample of blood for your initial testosterone hormone panel. This will help us to get a clear understanding of your hormone levels.  

Complete (simple) Testosterone Testing for Men

An initial testosterone blood panel for men may include:

Complete Male Panel #243047 (299)
322000
Comp. Metabolic Panel
005009
CBC With Diff/Platelet
303756
Lipid Panel
010322
Prost-Specific Ag, Serum
010363
IGF-1
004226
Testosterone, Serum
004515
Estradiol
224576
TSH+Free T4
010389
Triiodothyronine, Free, S

Comprehensive (Super-Complete) Testosterone Testing for Men

In addition to the panels above, more comprehensive testosterone testing for men could also include:

Super Complete Male P # (600)
322000
Comp. Metabolic Panel
005009
CBC With Diff/Platelet
303756
Lipid Panel
004020
DHEA-Sulfate
010363
IGF-1
010322
Prost-Specific Ag, Serum
070038
Testost, F Eqlib+T LC/MS
140244
Estradiol , Sensitive
224576
TSH+Free T4
010389
Triiodothyronine,Free,S
081950
Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy
004465
Prolactin
004051
Cortisol
706994
Homocyst(e)ine, Plasma
082016
Sex Horm Binding Glob, S
006676
Thyroid Perox (TPO) Ab
006685
Thyroglobulin Anti body
001503
Vitamin B12

These hormone test panels for men provide a complete overview of hormonal balance in men. Using a single serum sample, the panel evaluates dynamics of androgen levels and metabolism that can profoundly affect a man’s health and ability to perform throughout his lifetime.

Hormone Panels for Women

Testosterone/Hormone Testing for Women

We will draw a sample of blood for your initial testosterone hormone panel. This will help us to get a clear understanding of your hormone levels. 

Initial (complete) Testosterone/Hormone Testing for Women

An initial testosterone/hormone panel for women may include:

Complete Female Panel #243046 (299)
322000
Comp. Metabolic Panel
005009
CBC With Diff/Platelet
303756
Lipid Panel
004317
Progesterone
010363
IGF-1
004226
Testosterone, Serum
004515
Estradiol
224576
TSH+Free T4
010389
Triiodothyronine,Free,S

Comprehensive Testosterone Testing for Women

In addition to the panels above, more comprehensive testosterone/hormone testing for women could also include:

Super Complete Female P #243398 (600)
322000
Comp. Metabolic Panel
005009
CBC With Diff/Platelet
303756
Lipid Panel
004020
DHEA-Sulfate
010363
IGF-1
004317
Progesterone
070038
Testost, F Eqlib+T LC/MS
140244
Estradiol , Sensitive
224576
TSH+Free T4
010389
Triiodothyronine,Free,S
081950
Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy
004465
Prolactin
004051
Cortisol
706994
Homocyst(e)ine, Plasma
082016
Sex Horm Binding Glob, S
006676
Thyroid Perox (TPO) Ab
006685
Thyroglobulin Anti body
001503
Vitamin B12

These hormone panels for women are targeted hormone tests designed to evaluate female hormone metabolism. This hormone test offers clinical insight into female hormone levels (estrogens) as well as testosterone levels and the impact of said levels on the health and well-being of pre and post-menopausal women.

Although the aforementioned test panels may appear overly inclusive, they in fact are standard screening test which all of should have performed periodically. Our blood test panels can identify medical problems that were previously unidentified or even not taken seriously due to lack of obvious symptoms. They can screen for problems in the bone marrow (where are blood cells are produced), kidney & liver problems, and importantly, hormonal abnormalities. Additionally, lipid & cholesterol issues may be identified, as well as various vitamin deficiencies. The importance of performing these tests cannot be understated and our doctors will work with to decide exactly which tests are right for you.

Our blood test panels can identify medical problems that were previously unidentified or even not taken seriously due to lack of obvious symptoms. They can screen for problems in the bone marrow (where our blood cells are produced), kidney & liver problems, and importantly, hormonal abnormalities.

Growth Hormone Testing for Men and Women

The blood testing for growth hormone deficiencies in adults is the same for men and women.

To test if your body is making adequate amounts of Human Growth Hormone (HGH), we use what is known as an Insulin-like Growth Factor -1 (IGF -1) test. This is a test that is used to measure the amount of IGF-1 in a patient’s bloodstream.

IGF-1 is an endocrine hormone produced by the liver that, along with growth hormone, helps promote normal bone and tissue growth and development. The IGF-1 test is used:

  • To help diagnose growth hormone deficiency
  • To sometimes diagnose growth hormone excess
  • To evaluate pituitary function
  • To monitor the effectiveness of treatment for excess or insufficient production of HGH

To do the test, a blood sample will be drawn from a vein in your arm. Since HGH levels fluctuate throughout the day, we do not test for HGH, but rather IGF-1. IGF-1 mirrors HGH excesses and deficiencies, but the level in the blood is stable throughout the day, making it a more useful indicator of average HGH levels than testing for HGH.

Before performing specific HGH testing, if the IGF-1 level is found to be normal for age and sex, growth hormone deficiency (GHD) can be ruled out, and more definitive testing is not necessary.

See our “Growth Hormone Blood Test” page for details on how you may need to prepare for the IGF-1 test.

We use LabCorp for all of our hormone test. LabCorp is one of the world’s most respected life sciences companies and medical testing facilities. You can learn more about IGF-1 and the IGF-1 test by visiting the LabCorp website.

IGF-1 mirrors HGH excesses and deficiencies, but the level in the blood is stable throughout the day, making it a more useful indicator of average HGH levels than testing for HGH.

A Note About Hormone Testing and “Normal” Hormone Levels

Hormone Testing and Normal Hormone Levels

If you look at charts of the so-called “normal” levels by age and gender for growth hormone and testosterone, you will see that rather than specific levels, normal levels are given as a range. This is because what could be a “normal” level for you, and allow you to function perfectly fine, could be “low” for another person. Furthermore, often those so-called normal ranges, will vary from testing lab to testing lab.

This all speaks to just how complex determining what a normal level for a given hormone in adults is, and is exactly why we do not look at your age and gender alone, and decide what should be the normal range, rather we take everything into account – your age, gender, diet, symptoms, and lifestyle – to determine what should be the “normal” range for you.

Remember, the “normal range” is just a guide. Our doctors will help determine what is “your” normal range.

We use these hormone panels to test patients for hormone levels associated with aging, and also to establish baselines for hormones, to determine if hormone replacement therapies are indicated in these patients.

Once we determine what your unique optimal level is, we can tailor treatments that will get you in that zone, so you can perform at your personal best, regardless of your age.

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