Tailoring health benefits and programs is vital to creating nurturing and open workplace cultures where women feel seen and supported. Employers should examine their healthcare benefits to ensure that quality healthcare is accessible and affordable for female employees.

Here are five women’s health testing options that employers can include in health and wellness programs to empower their workforce with actionable health insights.


1. Female Hormone Test


Hormones are chemical messengers in the bloodstream that control the actions of certain cells or organs. They impact the entire body and its functions, meaning that balanced hormone levels are essential for maintaining good health. Even minor level fluctuations can impact health and alter how an individual feels.

Understanding one’s hormones can help women navigate their health with greater ease and understanding. LetsGetChecked’s Female Hormone Test offers insight into key hormones to provide a broad picture of hormonal health. It tests for the following hormones:


Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)


Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) is a hormone produced and released by the pituitary gland. It plays a key role in sexual development and reproduction, affecting the function of the ovaries. The main function of FSH is to help regulate the menstrual cycle, stimulating follicles on the ovary to grow and prepare eggs for ovulation. Abnormal FSH levels can be a sign of an issue with the reproductive glands, pituitary gland, or hypothalamus.


Luteinizing Hormone (LH)


Luteinizing hormone (LH) is a chemical in the body that spurs important processes in the reproductive system. It triggers ovulation and helps with the hormone production needed to support pregnancy.


Prolactin


Prolactin is a hormone that is responsible for lactation, certain breast tissue development, milk production, and other bodily processes. It is primarily produced and released by the pituitary gland.

When high levels of prolactin are present in the blood, it can cause symptoms such as irregular periods. Higher-than-normal levels of prolactin in your blood can cause certain symptoms, such as irregular periods, infertility, and erectile dysfunction.


Estradiol


Estradiol is a female sex hormone produced by the ovaries, adrenal gland, and the placenta during pregnancy. It is involved in the regulation of the female reproductive cycle and is the most important hormone during a female’s reproductive years. Estradiol is key for reproductive and sexual function, as well as having an impact on the health of other organs and tissues.


2. Ovarian Reserve Test


LetsGetChecked’s ovarian reserve test measures anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) levels. Individuals with ovaries are born with the total number of eggs they'll ever have, so measuring AMH levels offers insight into an individual’s ovarian reserve or how many eggs are left in the ovaries.

Higher AMH levels indicate more eggs and a higher ovarian, while lower AMH levels indicates fewer eggs and a lower ovarian reserve. It is important to note that LetsGetChecked’s ovarian reserve test cannot provide the exact number of eggs an individual has left or confirm egg quality or related fertility questions.


3. Progesterone Test


A progesterone test measures the level of progesterone in a blood sample and can confirm whether ovulation occurred. Progesterone is a steroid hormone that plays a key role in women’s health, including pregnancy and the menstrual cycle.

Progesterone prepares the uterus for pregnancy each month, supports menstruation, and helps maintain the early stages of pregnancy. Low progesterone levels can cause complications with pregnancy or produce side effects similar to menopause.


4. PCOS Test


PCOS, or polycystic ovary syndrome, is a chronic hormonal condition that affects women of reproductive age. PCOS is the most common hormonal disorder among women of reproductive age. This hormonal imbalance occurs when the ovaries create excess hormones called androgens, which can cause reproductive hormones to become imbalanced.

LetsGetChecked’s PCOS test helps individuals gain insights into their hormonal health by testing for hormones associated with PCOS, including:

  • Testosterone
  • Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG)
  • Free Androgen Index (FAI)
  • Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH)
  • Luteinizing Hormone (LH)
  • Cortisol
  • Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH)

5. HPV Test


HPV, or human papillomavirus, is a common sexually transmitted infection that can cause cancers later in life. HPV infections are very common, and nearly everyone will get HPV at some point in their lives. Although most HPV infections will go away by themselves, some infections can last longer and cause certain types of cancer. More than 42 million Americans are infected with types of HPV that are known to cause disease [1].

LetsGetChecked’s HPV test detects high-risk strains of HPV associated with cervical cancer:

  • High-risk HPV strains: 16 and 18
  • Pooled strains: 31, 33, 35, 39, 45, 51,52, 56, 58, 59, 66, 68

Partner with LetsGetChecked


LetsGetChecked’s range of accessible health testing solutions makes it easy to empower your female workforce with health insights to improve wellness and health outcomes. Partner with us to tailor a health and wellness program that meet your workforce’s needs.


References

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/hpv/parents/about-hpv.html