Basic Hormonal Panel (BHP)
What is the Basic Hormonal Panel?
The basic hormonal panel provides information on baseline blood levels of hormones that are involved in the functioning of women’s reproductive system.
When is the Basic Hormonal Panel done?
The basic hormonal panel should be done at the beginning of a woman’s cycle (i.e., cycle day 2, 3, 4 or 5). Day 1 is the first day of menses. The basic hormonal panel should be done after fasting for 10 hours and please refrain from exercise, intercourse or nipple stimulation 24 hours before the blood draw. The basic hormonal panel is best drawn between 8 and 10 AM.
Medication containing artificial hormones, such as hormonal contraceptives (birth control pills, rings, patch, progestin containing IUD, contraceptives implants, Depo-Provera shots, etc.) will affect the result of the basic hormonal panel and ideally should be stopped for 3 months prior to testing.
What hormones are tested?
Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG)
Thyroid panel (TSH, FT4, FT3) with or without antibodies
Complete Metabolic Panel (CMP)
17 Hydroxyprogesterone (17-OHP)