The Estrogens, Total test measures the levels of all types of estrogen hormones (including estradiol, estrone, and estriol) in the blood. Estrogen is a hormone that plays a vital role in the female reproductive system and affects many other organs and tissues in both men and women.
The test may be ordered by a healthcare provider to diagnose or monitor conditions related to estrogen levels, such as:
Abnormal menstrual periods or menopausal symptoms in women
Infertility or decreased libido in women and men
Gynecomastia (breast enlargement) in men
Certain types of cancers, such as breast, ovarian, or prostate cancer
Adrenal gland disorders
Knowing the levels of estrogen in the blood can help a healthcare provider determine the cause of symptoms and develop a treatment plan.