Fertility hormones regulate the reproductive cycle and are used to test for various associated conditions including infertility, menopause, early or delayed puberty as well as non-reproductive disorders. All hormones are interdependent on a classic negative feedback mechanism. Testosterone is the main male hormone, but is also produced by women in smaller quantities. Prolactin is produced in the pituitary gland and stimulates the growth of the mammary glands and the production of milk after childbirth. Testing of all co-dependent hormones can give valuable information of a women’s hormonal status. Diagnostically significant values can indicate the cause of the underlying problem, and will instigate further relevant investigation.
Fertility Hormone Array Analytes
• Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH)
• Prolactin (PRL)
• Luteinising hormone (LH)
• Progesterone (PROG)
• Testosterone (TEST)
• Estradiol (EST)