Knowing your body can be a big part of taking care of yourself. The more knowledgeable you are on topics of your health, the better you can take preventative steps, better adjust your diet, or the more in tune to your body you will be. There are many things can affect women in their day to day lives. menstruation, breastfeeding, pregnancy, and more.
The following are tests that can better help you know your overall health, take preventative steps, or monitor your well being.
FSH & LH
The Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) test measures the amount of FSH in your blood. FSH is a sex hormone produced by the pituitary gland. In women it stimulates the production of eggs and the hormone estradiol during the first half of the menstrual cycle. In men, it stimulates the production of sperm.
This test is usually performed to help diagnose problems with menstruation, fertility, sexual development, menopause, or pituitary disorders.
Progesterone is a female hormone produced by the ovaries. It is essential for pregnancy. Progesterone prepares the uterus for fertilization, and produces breast milk. It also plays a role in sexual desire.
The progesterone test measures the amount of progesterone in the blood.
Estradiol is a female sex hormone that is basically a form of estrogen. This test measure the amount of estradiol in your blood. It will determine your estrogen status, monitor the follicular development during ovation, and evaluate your ovarian function. In men it is used to assess estrogen production levels.
This is a male hormone which helps to maintain bone density, muscle strength and mass, fat distribution, sex drive, sperm production, and red blood cell production. Females also produce this hormone in small amounts. A man's testosterone levels rise rapidly after puberty. As men age, the levels naturally decline.
This test will measure the amount of testosterone in your blood.
TSedimentation Rate-Westergren is a blood test which detects and monitors inflammation in the body. This test can confirm a doctor's diagnosis so proper treatment can be administered and monitored.
C-Reactive protein, or CRP, is a blood test that measures the amount of protein in your blood that indicates inflammation. This can also be used to assess your risk of cardiovascular disease. The "high sensitivity" means that this test can see if you have an increased risk of having a heart attack or heart problem.
This test can determine if inflammation has damaged the lining of your arteries. It can also check for infection after surgery, see how well your body is reacting to treatment or determine if any infections or diseases are causing inflammation.
The Rheumatoid Factor test measures the amount of the RF antibody that is present in your blood. The RF antibody is able to attach to normal body tissue, which results in damage. A high level of the RF can be due to a number of autoimmune diseases and some infections. This test is done to help support a rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis or to find out whether a child who has polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis has an elevated level of RF.
High RF levels may be caused by rheumatoid arthritis, infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, syphilis, mononucleosis, and malaria. It can also be caused by other autoimmune diseases like systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, Sjogren's Syndrome or vasculitis. Other causes could be liver disease, such as hepatitis and cirrhosis, an infection of the heart or Leukemia.
Uric Acid, Serum
This test will measure the level of uric acid that is present in your blood. Uric acid is a compound in the blood used to diagnose gout (a form of arthritis), and to diagnose the cause of recurring kidney stones. Several things can increase the level of uric acid present, such as high alcohol consumption or high cell turnover during chemotherapy or radiation treatment. High levels of this compound can cause gout, people diagnosed with gout are at a larger risk of developing kidney stones
Antinuclear Antibodies, IFA
This is a primary test to help evaluate a person for autoimmune disorders that affect many organs and tissues throughout the body. It is most often used as one of the test to help diagnose systemic lupus erythematosus. This test is ordered when someone shows signs and symptoms associated with a systemic autoimmune disorder. Some signs and symptoms may include:
Thyroid Stimulation Hormone test checks your body's production of TSH and helps to screen for thyroid disease, hypothyroidism, and hyperthyroidism. The thyroid gland regulates how your body uses energy. It also produces hormones that are critical to proper cell and system function.
If you are always fatigued or your weight fluctuates, it may be a sign of a dysfunctional thyroid. A thyroid level imbalance in your body can cause you to be more susceptible to numerous things such as osteoporosis, heart disease, fatigue, and infertility. These disorders are more common in women and often happen after pregnancy and with older age.
This test is a total triiodothyronine test. It is used to assess thyroid function. This test is primarily used to help diagnose hyperthyroidism and may be ordered to help monitor the treatment of a person with known thyroid disorders.
This test is to measure the total amount of thyroxine that is in your blood. Thyroxine is a hormone that is produced by the thyroid. It is also known as T4. High levels can be an indication of hyperthyroidism and low levels can indicate hypothyroidism. T4 levels may be elevated due to pregnancy or other high estrogen states, including the use of estrogen replacement pills or birth control pills.
Complete Blood Count (CBC) test.
This test can give you a general overall statement of your health. It gives important information about the kind and the number of cells in your blood. It can be used to evaluate symptoms, help diagnose conditions, and treat certain illnesses.
This test will measure the levels of ferritin molecules in the blood. Ferritin is a protein in the body which binds to iron. Low levels are found in those with iron deficiency anemia and high when iron levels are raised. Elevated levels can also be caused by liver dysfunction because the liver is unable to clear it from the body. The levels may also be increased when the body is inflamed or when an infection is present.
Iron and Total Binding Capacity
This test will measure the amount of iron that is present in your blood. Elevated or low levels can cause medical problems. This test is usually used to determine certain types of anemia.
Vitamin B12 and Folic Acid
This test is often used in conjunction to detect deficiencies and to help diagnose the cause of certain anemia types, such as pernicious anemia, an autoimmune disease that affects the absorption of B12. These two vitamins cannot be produced by the body and have to be supplied by the diet.