When hormone levels are too high or too low, symptoms such as acne, fatigue, mood swings, sexual disinterest and weight problems may appear. A hormone test can determine if a hormone imbalance exists, and which hormones are involved.
Hormone imbalance tests may test for the levels of cortisol, oestrogen, follicle stimulating hormone, luteinizing hormone (LH), melatonin, progesterone, testosterone or other hormones.
Hormone imbalances can be detected through blood, saliva and urine tests. Hormone imbalance tests are usually administered by health care professionals, but home kits are also available.
Hormone imbalance tests for reproductive hormones can help determine the cause of infertility, lactation problems, menstrual disorders or sudden weight changes.
Other hormones, such as melatonin or thyroid hormones, may be tested for symptoms such as sleep disturbances, anxiety or high blood pressure.
A hormone imbalance test can distinguish between disorders of the organs and disorders of the hormone glands so that treatment addresses the cause, rather than the symptoms, of a problem.