do you need hormonal testing?
Hormonal testing is not necessary for everyone, if you feel great there is no reason for you to go ahead and test your hormones. However, many women are feeling less than optimal or have problems to conceive. The most common complaint caused by hormonal imbalance is stubborn weight loss. No matter how much you exercise or count your calories you cannot lose weight. Hormones also play a role in fertility, postnatal depression, PCOS, various postmenopausal complications, lethargy, low libido, apathy, irritability, PMS, and the list goes on. If you suffer from any of these symptoms you may benefit from testing your hormones.
Something to bear in mind is that hormone levels just as everything else is very individual. Reference ranges for what is considered to be within a normal range only applies to 95% of the population. This means that even though a certain test shows that you are either low or high in a particular hormone, this may not be relevant to you. Likewise you may be within the reference range which is not applicable to your normal or optimal level. Many times it is more useful to know the balance between certain hormones, how they are metabolised, and whether you are producing enough or more than necessary. Therefore it is always necessary to have at least two tests done so that you can get an idea of what your particular levels are like and whether they change over time.