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    When deciding if hormone replacement therapy is right for you, one of the earliest steps should be having your hormones measured. One of the most common methods of having hormone levels checked is through a blood panel. Certain blood panels are capable of measuring levels of DHEA, progesterone, testosterone, estrogen (estradiol and estrone), and thyroid hormone.

    As the food you eat may heavily alter your hormone levels at any given time, you may need to refrain from eating for up to 12 hours prior to having a blood panel, though your doctor should be able to provide specific instructions. Blood panels typically measure your total hormone levels at the time you take them, meaning they include both free and bound hormones as part of their measurement.

    Hormone tests are useful for people who are aging to ensure that hormone levels are staying at a healthy range. Additionally, women who experience unusual PMs symptoms and women who are undergoing or are post menopause are at a higher risk of hormonal imbalance and could benefit from a hormone check.

    However, if you experience common symptoms of hormone imbalances, such as frequent insomnia or fatigue, chronic stress, a weak immune system, struggles with losing or gaining weight, or issues controlling your blood sugar, then you may already be suffering from an imbalance. These symptoms may be an early sign that your hormones may need balancing.

    Blood panels may also be used to measure hormone levels while going through hormone replacement therapy to ensure things are going well.