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Estrogens Blood Test, Total

The Estrogens Blood Test, Total, assesses the level of estrogen hormones in both men and women.

Sample Report

Test Code: 004549

CPT Code: 82672

Also Known As: Estrogen; Estrogenic Hormones

Methodology:

Enzyme-linked Immunoassay (ELISA)

Specimen Type: Blood

Preparation:

No fasting is required. Patients must avoid having a radioisotope scan prior to the collection of specimens.

Test Results:

2-4 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday, or lab delays.

Sample Report

Test Code: 439

CPT Code: 82672

Also Known As: Estrogen; Estrogenic Hormones

Methodology:

Extraction • Radioimmunoassay (RIA)

Specimen Type: Blood

Preparation:

No fasting is required. Patients must avoid having a radioisotope scan prior to the collection of specimens.

Test Results:

3-5 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday, or lab delays.

Description

What is the purpose of this test?

Order this Estrogens Blood Test, Total, which assesses estrogen levels in both men and women. Estrogen is a group of steroids that play a vital role in women's reproductive organs. The test is conducted to identify abnormalities and is useful in monitoring infertility treatments or menopause symptoms. Men can also undergo this test if they experience enlarged breasts.

 

What conditions are associated with abnormal estrogen levels?

Abnormal estrogen levels are associated with several conditions. Estrogen doesn't necessarily cause these conditions. Instead, estrogen may worsen a condition or symptom you already have.

 

High estrogen levels are associated with conditions such as:

  • Breast cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Endometriosis pain
  • Insulin resistance
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Uterine cancer (endometrial cancer)
  • Tumors on your ovaries and adrenal glands

 

Low estrogen levels are associated with the following conditions:

  • Menopause
  • Eating disorders (such as anorexia and bulimia)
  • Turner syndrome
  • Fragile X
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Premature menopause
  • Cancer treatments (radiation and chemotherapy)
  • Pituitary gland disorder
  • Hypothalamic amenorrhea

 

When should I order an Estrogens Blood Test, Total?

Individuals may order this test if they have experienced estrogen deficiency or excess symptoms. Common signs or symptoms related to an estrogen deficiency or excess include:

 

  • Irregular menstrual cycle
  • Dense breast tissue
  • Dry skin
  • Tender breasts
  • Weak or brittle bones
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Moodiness and irritability
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Weight gain
  • Headaches
  • Decreased sex drive and painful intercourse
  • Insomnia

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