There is a number of applications for the Female Hormone Panel (FHP):
1. Detection: Luteal Phase Defect
There are at least three luteal phase defect patterns which are characterized by a reduced output of progesterone which leads to estrogen dominance. This imbalance is usually associated with PMS, infertility, fibroids and other female hormonal problems and can be readily detected by the FHP.
2. Pattern Recognition for Early Prediction of Menopause Onset
When the FHP is performed once every 2-3 years, a baseline of ovarian function can be established. Over a period of several years, the FHP can reveal specific deviations in hormone patterns, which permits doctors to predict the onset of menopause 4-6 years in advance. This allows the women to institute extra precautions, dietary modifications, and other required interventions to reduce health related changes associated with menopause.
3. Hormonal Imbalance & PMS
Many women suffer from hormonal imbalance in the estrogen to progesterone ratio. The FHP can objectively evaluate the hormonal state with great accuracy which, in turn, can provide specific insights for appropriate intervention or treatment to relieve hormonal imbalance and PMS related symptoms.
4.Customized Hormone Therapy
Presently, female hormone therapy is not individualized to the needs of each woman because current diagnostic tests do not provide sufficient data. Consequently, most women are empirically treated without regard to their individualized physiology and specific needs. The FHP allows customization of therapy to each female patient.
There is a number of applications for the Female Hormone Panel. It also is used to detect and monitor the following conditions:
•Influence of lifestyle (diet, exercise, etc.) on the cycle
•Hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian problems, i.e. problems with how the brain controls ovarian function
•Dysmenorrhea, i.e. painful and heavy periods
•Endometriosis and cystic ovary disease
•Double ovulation and early ovulation
•Early pregnancy problems – miscarriage