Hormones

Hormones

Pathology testing for hormones shows levels at a given time which can be a useful preliminary place to begin but if further information is needed functional testing would be used.

Female hormones

Oestrogen, progesterone, FSH (follicular stimulating hormone), LH (luteinising hormone) and testosterone.

 

Male reproductive hormones

Testosterone, free testosterone, follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH), SHBG and testosterone. Also PSA

 

Sex Hormone Binding Globulin

SHBG binds three hormones, but the critical hormone for this test is testosterone. SHBG controls the amount of testosterone that your body tissues can use. Too little testosterone in men and too much testosterone in women can cause problems. The level of SHBG in your blood changes because of factors such as sex and age. It can also change because of obesity, liver disease, and hyperthyroidism.