7 Things You Must Know About Hormones

by Jackie Wicks

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Menopause is a natural, and usually gradual, change in glandular function in women over the ages of about 45-50. Menopause results in substantial shifts in hormone levels, and can lead to a lack of energy and stamina, mood swings, uncomfortable hot flashes, osteoporosis, and weight gain, among other symptoms.

A hormone test for menopausal women will test 6 key hormones:

  • Estrone (E1)
  • Estradiol (E2)
  • Estriol (E3)
  • Progesterone (P)
  • Testosterone (T)
  • DHEA and DHEA-S together

For perimenopausal women, or women who are pre-menopause, the same hormones are checked but 13-15 days apart in order to gain a more comprehensive assessment of the levels.

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