Most health providers understand the value of establishing baseline hormone levels when creating an individualized treatment plan that includes bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
The major sex hormones to assess are estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone. The main adrenal hormones are DHEA and cortisol. These five hormones will provide crucial information about deficiencies, excesses and daily patterns, which then result in a specifically tailored treatment approach and one far more beneficial than the old “shotgun" approach. Below is a brief description of each of these five hormones:
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin and pro-hormone that exists in several different forms.
Ergocalciferol (Vitamin D2) is not produced in the body and comes from plant sources whereas cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3) is found in cold-water fish such as salmon, mackerel, and sardines, is fortified in milk and is manufactured in the skin with adequate exposure to the suns UVB rays.