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    Female Hormone Profile

    The Female Hormone Profile is a hormone test for menstruating women or women that have not gone through the menopause.

    The female hormones include oestrogen and progesterone, and levels of these hormones vary according to a certain pattern during the menstrual cycle.

    If there is a problem with the hormonal cycle, then it can lead to problems such as irregular periods, heavy periods, absent periods, PMS, or infertility.

    This test is valuable it giving us information about the hormonal cycle, which enables us to rationalise treatment in the best possible way.

    Who Should Have the Test?

    The test is available to all women before menopause.

    It would be particularly valuable for those with the following problems:

    • Any period problems, including absent periods, irregular periods, heavy periods, painful periods, or any others.
    • Pre-menstrual syndrome or PMS.
    • Difficulty conceiving or infertility.

    For those with any of these problems, then it could be argued that they should have the test every 12 - 24 months.

    How Is It Done?

    The Female Hormone Profile is carried out by collecting a small amount of saliva. A test kit is provided for you.

    Eleven samples are collected over a 28 day period, and these are then sent together in the post.

    The Female Hormone Profile looks at a number of hormones relating to the menstrual cycle, such as oestrogen and progesterone, and as each sample is analysed separately, it is possible to build a picture of the variations in hormone levels throughout the monthly cycle.

    This is particularly important when assessing female hormone function, as the levels vary throughout the month, following a typical pattern. Levels differ prior to and after ovulation, and prior to and after the period.

    The results are available to us after around 14 – 21 days, and we usually arrange a follow-up appointment in a month to discuss your results.Alternatively results can be posted to you, or we can discuss them with you over the telephone.

    How Accurate are the Results and What Do They Mean?

    No test can be 100% accurate.  This test is probably as accurate as any blood test, which is the conventionally accepted method of assessing hormone levels.

    At Better Health we have always approached new treatments, new tests and new therapies with an analytical, scientific approach – are they as good as they claim to be?

    Currently available conventional tests on female hormone function are often misleading and incorrect. This is because many of the tests (but not all) do not look at the monthly variation in hormone levels, but are a single blood test taken at a single day during the cycle.

    Consequently most conventional tests fail to detect some female hormonal problems.

    What Advice Do You Get?

    If the results are normal, then female hormone function is normal, and there is no need for any treatment. A follow up test would be advisable in 12 - 24 months.

    If there are abnormalities in the hormone levels or an abnormal pattern of cyclical hormone levels, then we can recommend treatment to help. You may also need further assessment, with tests on other hormones, or nutritional status (vitamins and minerals) or others. These will be discussed fully with you.

    Treatments advised by Better Health include various nutritional, herbal and homoeopathic medicines, and will depend very much on the results of the tests carried out.

    How Much Does it Cost?

    The current cost of the Female Hormone Panel is 165. A carriage charge will be additional for shipping to the laboratory.

    Further charges apply for any further consultations, tests or treatments, and these will be discussed with you fully as necessary.

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