Your endocrine glands are responsible for making the hormones your body needs and regulating how they work. These glands include your thyroid gland, pituitary gland and adrenal glands. Endocrine disorders happen when your endocrine glands produce too many – or not enough – of the hormones that keep your body functioning correctly.
Endocrine tests can help us diagnose hormonal disorders and plan the best course of treatment. Mercy physicians check for endocrine disorders using a variety of tests to measure hormone levels.
The hormone cortisol helps your body handle physical stress from illness, injury or another cause. Both your pituitary glands and adrenal glands help produce cortisol. Mercy doctors use a cortisol blood test to measure the amount of cortisol in your blood and help diagnose potential problems with these glands.
We use thyroid gland tests to check for thyroid disorders such as such as hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.
Prolactin is a hormone made by your pituitary gland that helps regulate reproductive functions in both women and men. Prolactin disorders can lead to infertility, erectile dysfunction and other issues. If you have symptoms of a prolactin disorder, your doctor may order a prolactin blood test to check your hormone levels.
We know it can be alarming to learn that you have an endocrine disorder, but most can be treated with medications, surgery or other approaches. Any time you have questions or concerns about your hormonal health, your Mercy physicians are ready to help.