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Hormones are vital to sexual development and fertility. Find out how hormone changes can affect your reproductive and sexual health – and how a Mercy endocrinologist can help. Learn the answers to several frequently asked questions about reproductive and sexual hormone disorders.
Hormone disorders affect men and women alike. They can lead to sexual health and fertility problems, including:
When your hormones aren’t produced at the right levels, it affects the way your body functions. Men and women alike can find their hormones out of balance at any age.
Talk with your Mercy primary care provider about your symptoms. If a hormone imbalance is suspected, you may be referred to a Mercy endocrinologist.
Hormonal imbalance is caused by overproduction or the underproduction of hormones. Depending on the type of hormone, different body functions are affected, such as:
Blood tests are the most common way to check hormone levels. Several types of blood tests may be used, depending on your symptoms. And a saliva test can detect certain hormones as well.
Further testing may be needed if your endocrinologist is concerned about a gland. Imaging tests like ultrasounds, X-rays or MRIs are used to diagnose gland conditions. Lumps, cysts or other abnormalities may require biopsies.
Mercy’s endocrinologists can help with reproductive and sexual hormone disorders, and many other endocrine conditions.