The Male Hormone Panel measures 7 different hormones involved in male reproductive and sexual functions through a single saliva sample.
Hormone imbalances in men can contribute to:
- Decreased libido
- Erectile dysfunction
- Sleep disorders
- Decreased muscle mass and strength
- General fatigue/decreased energy
- Increased risk for coronary artery disease or heart attack
- Hair loss or thinning
- Increased fat accumulation
- Urinary problems
- Decreased bone density or osteoporosis
- Compromised immune function
- Irritability and depression
Why is it important to measure male hormones?
Optimal health is dependent on a balance of hormones, not just a single hormone. Measurements of hormones can be used in two general ways:
- To estimate the body’s own hormone production as a baseline test
- To monitor levels of hormones during and after hormone treatment or supplementation.
Monitoring hormone therapy is necessary in order to reduce the chance of undesirable and potentially serious side effects and to optimize treatment. The information gathered from the Male Hormone Panel (MHP) to gain a better understanding of your current hormone levels and to create a treatment plan that is right for you.
The following 7 hormones are evaluated in the Male Hormone Panel (MHP):
- Testosterone – This hormone is produced in the testes and is necessary for healthy male reproductive function. Testosterone helps to preserve lean body mass, bone density, cognitive function, red blood cell count, and libido. It is also the main testicular androgen and is a precursor to the highly potent dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Excessive amounts of testosterone promote hardening of the blood vessels, behavioral changes, prostate problems, and an increase in total cholesterol.
- Androstenedione – Another important reproductive hormone precursor. Is a weak (androgen) and a precursor to both male and female hormones. Unmonitored intake in men can lead to excessive conversion to estrogens with minimal male hormone production. In women, unmonitored intake usually causes excess male hormone production with body and facial hair growth.
- Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) – Is made from testosterone in certain tissues. Conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone frequently increases with age. Excess DHT is associated with enlargement of the prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BHP) and male pattern baldness.
- DHEA and DHEA-S – A hormone produced in the adrenal glands as a precursor to testosterone and estrogen. Supplementation of DHEA is common in hormone replacement therapy. Unmonitored intake can easily alter the delicate balance between male and female hormones.
- Estrone & Estradiol (Estrogens) – Frequently thought of as “female hormones”, estrogens play important roles in male health as well. High estrogens have been associated with breast enlargement, prostate cancer, fat redistribution, and obesity. Controlling estrogen levels can be helpful in treating systems of andropause. 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. Excess levels of estrone can cause breast enlargement and contribute to prostate enlargement. Estradiol is another estrogen that is much more powerful than estrone. It is partially formed in the testes but mostly in the other body tissues from both the testicular and adrenal androgens. High estradiol levels have been associated with breast enlargement, fat redistribution, and obesity.
- Progesterone – Progesterone is often perceived as a ‘female’ hormone, however it is also produced in men and is a precursor to testosterone and estrogens. Elevated progesterone may be due to unintentional exposure and can lead to elevations in other hormones. It is a natural calming agent to the nervous system. It also keeps in check excessive DHT production in check and counterbalances the effects of excessive estrone. Unmonitored intake can lead to breast enlargement, depression and weight gain.
- Testing of 7 Main Hormones included in the Male Hormone Panel
- 30-45 minute consult to discuss test results with Dr Hagmeyer or one of his trained clinicians.
- A Review of A Metabolic Assessment Screening/Questionnaire form – this helps to identify any additional hidden metabolic imbalances that may be a contributing factors. (Thyroid, Blood sugar, SIBO, Leaky Gut, Adrenal, Hormones, Toxicity, Electrolytes to mention few)
What Are My Treatment Options?
A Personalized treatment program and cost of treatment plan will be recommended after your test results have been reviewed.
Does Insurance Cover this test?
I have a Flex Spending account- Can I use This?
Do I have to go to a doctor’s office to have this test done?
No- This test is done at home and comes with prepaid shipping materials and everything you need to ensure proper delivery to the lab. Testing can be done from anywhere in the world.
How long will it take to receive my Test Results?
Web results are posted within 7-14 business days. Our office will notify you when test results have been reported.
Are There instructions that come with this test on how to collect my specimen?
Yes- The kit comes with instructions and if you have any additional instructions we can help you.
Will Dr Hagmeyer discuss the test results with me?
Yes. Dr Hagmeyer or one of his trained clinicians will review the test result with you. Each test comes with a 30-45 minute post test review/explanation.
Can I cancel my test If I change my mind?
One we have placed the order for the test- We are unable to issue a refund for any reason.