How do doctors find out if you have a hormonal imbalance?Endocrinology Health Screening Health & Fitness
How do I find out if I am really suffering from hormonal imbalance? What are the tests I have to do?
From my experience, this is usually symptoms-dependent. Based on the symptoms that a patient reports, a working diagnosis of one (or more) particular hormonal derangement will be made. Relevant investigation with blood and/or urine tests will be performed.
If the tests turn out to be abnormal, corresponding to the patient’s symptoms, the relevant treatment will be instituted and the patient will be advised to look for improvement in symptoms.
However, if a patient does not display any symptoms of hormonal imbalance, doing “routine” hormonal blood/urine tests are not recommended and may even cause unwarranted anxiety.
This will depend on what symptom you’re suffering from and generally, blood (and possibly urine) tests will be done to look at the levels of the appropriate hormones.
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