Endocrine Testing from Reproductive Medicine Institute
A wide range of vital communication systems exists within the human body, including the complex endocrine system. The endocrine system helps to regulate various processes by controlling our hormones. Proper hormone balances are vital for a wide range of bodily functions, including reproduction, and should be monitored when considering pregnancy. If you are dealing with irregular menstruations, absent menstruations, or other concerning symptoms, you may want to consider endocrine testing. The caring team at the Reproductive Medicine Institute provides endocrine testing for women in Chicago and the surrounding areas. If you believe endocrine testing could be beneficial for you or your partner, give us a call today to schedule an appointment.
What Does Endocrine Testing Involve
A typical endocrine evaluation includes an assessment of thyroid function and serum prolactin (milk hormone) levels. If you are dealing with excess hair growth or acne, we may also test the levels of male hormones, including testosterone and DHEAS. Some of the endocrine disorders we commonly test for and treat include the following:
- Thyroid Dysfunction
- Estrogen and Testosterone Imbalances
- Cushing’s Syndrome
- Addison’s Disease
- Pituitary Disorders
What are the Symptoms and Causes of Thyroid Dysfunction?
An under-functioning or over-functioning thyroid may be cause for concern in terms of reproduction function. It is crucial to diagnose and treat thyroid dysfunction as early as possible, as abnormal thyroid levels may increase the risk for miscarriage, pre-term birth, and issues with fetal development. Although some people may present signs and symptoms of disease, many have no symptoms at all. Women with a history of infertility are at a higher risk for thyroid dysfunction.
- Hypothyroidism: Signs of an under-functioning thyroid include excess sweating, hair loss, dry skin, constipation, fatigue, and unexplained weight gain. It is most prevalent in older women and can affect all aspects of metabolism.
- Hyperthyroidism: Signs of an over-functioning thyroid include excess sweating, diarrhea, palpitations, and weight loss.
What are the Symptoms and Causes of Hyperprolactinemia?
Hyperprolactinemia refers to elevated levels of prolactin, which is a pituitary hormone in the blood. Your doctor will look into possible causes for this elevation, which may include medications, underlying health conditions, or a prolactin-secreting tumor within the pituitary gland. Symptoms of hyperprolactinemia include:
- Milk production when not pregnant or breastfeeding
- Milky discharge from nipples
- Irregular menses
- Absent menses
- Shortened luteal phases
- Vaginal dryness
- Fertility problems
- Visual problems
What are the Symptoms and Causes of Hyperandrogenemia?
Hyperandrogenemia refers to irregularly high levels of male hormone levels. This could be caused by a variety of factors, include polycystic ovary syndrome, genetic disorders, other hormonal disorders, medications, and tumors in the ovary or adrenal gland. Often, the symptoms of this disorder include acne, excess hair, or hair loss.
How are Endocrine Disorders Diagnosed and Treated?
Endocrine disorders can include a wide range of symptoms and external factors, which sometimes makes diagnosis a complex process. Our doctors utilize a combination of medical history, physical exams, and lab tests to determine an accurate diagnosis. We will use this diagnosis to build a personalized treatment plan for your unique situation. Treatment methods vary based on your diagnosis but often include hormone supplements to help stabilize hormone levels. We may also utilize oral medications or surgery to provide the best treatment for your needs.
Trust Our Caring Team for Your Endocrine Testing Needs
Navigating the testing, diagnosis, and treatment process for endocrine disorders can be a stressful experience. When dealing with this daunting experience, you deserve to have a team of experts on your side that you can trust. Reproductive Medicine Institute is proud to provide endocrine testing to our patients in the Chicago area. Our team is made up of a team of specialists with over 20 years of experience. If you are feeling nervous or hopeless about fertility preservation, painful symptoms, or any other issue, we’re here to support you. Call our office today to schedule an initial consultation with one of our caring specialists.