Blood Spot Test

This blood test includes a one day test of the following : LH, FSH, DHEA, Testosterone and Dihydrotesterone(DHT)

LH ( Lutenizing Hormone) -The LH blood test measures the amount of luteinizing hormone (LH). LH is a hormone released by the pituitary gland.  In women, an increase in LH levels at mid-cycle causes ovulation.  In men, LH stimulates production of testosterone.

FSH ( Follicle Stimulating Hormone)- This hormone is released by the anterior pituitary gland.  In women, FSH stimulates production of eggs and a hormone called estradiol during the first half of the menstrual cycle.  In men, FSH stimulates production of sperm.

DHEA – Is the precursor for both male and female hormones— and anti-stress hormone produced by the adrenal glands. Unmonitored intake can easily alter the delicate balance between male and female hormones.

Androstenedione – Is a weak (androgen) and a precursor to both male and female hormones. Unmonitored intake in men can cause excessive female hormone production with minimal male hormone production. In women, unmonitored intake usually causes excess male hormone production with body and facial hair stimulation.

Testosterone – Is the main testicular androgen and is a precursor to the highly potent dihydrotestosterone male hormone. Excessive amounts of testosterone promote hardening of the blood vessels, aggression, prostate problems and an increase in total cholesterol.

Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) – Is made from testosterone in certain tissues. The rate of its production is controlled by the level of free active progesterone. Excess DHT causes prostate enlargement and thinning of scalp hair.

Progesterone – Is a hormone important to both men and women. It is a natural calming agent to our nervous system. It also keeps in check excessive DHT production and counterbalances the effects of excessive estrone. Unmonitored intake can lead to breast enlargement, depression and weight gain.

Estrone – Is an estrogen that both men and women produce in the fat cells. The more fat, the more estrone, which in turn promotes fat deposits. It is produced from androstenedione, and excess of estrone can cause breast enlargement and contribute to prostate enlargement. In males, a certain low level of estrone is mandatory to balance the androgens.

Estradiol – Is another estrogen that is much more powerful than estrone. It is partially formed in the testes but mostly in the perepheral tissues from both the testicular and adrenal androgens.