Are Hormone Levels Causing Your Chronic Health Issues?
It's easy to find out with saliva testing, a way of assessing hormone imbalances. Saliva hormone testing is the most reliable method for testing hormone levels. Unlike serum tests, saliva testing shows the hormones that are actively being secreted to receptors in the body. Clinically, it is far more relevant to test for the presence of these bioavailable hormones to get an accurate picture of which hormones are active or dormant.
Why Test Hormone Levels?
Hormones control all the many processes needed for maintaining physical and mental health. When it comes to hormones, every one is different. For decades western medicine has prescribed hormone replacement therapy as a "one size fits all" treatment. This was very false. Since hormones are specific to each person, it is necessary to find out the imbalances specific to one person.
Why Saliva Testing? - Relevant Hormone Levels
Blood gets filtered when passing through the salivary glands, however the hormone components bound to carriers in in the blood are too large to pass through the cell membranes of the salivary glands. Only the unbound hormones pass through and into the saliva. The hormones measured in the saliva are considered the “free”, or bioavailable hormones, which will travel to the receptors in the tissues of the body. The bound hormone components are considered inactive and are not delivered to the tissues, thus non-bioavailable. So salivary testing is the most relevant hormone components due to the types of components that actually get detected.
Only Saliva Testing Measures Topically Dosed Hormones
The discrepancy between free and protein bound hormones becomes especially important when monitoring topical, or transdermal, hormone therapy. Studies show that this method of delivery results in increased tissue hormone levels (thus measurable in saliva), but no parallel increase in serum levels. Therefore, serum testing cannot be used to monitor topical hormone therap
Who should be tested?
• Men and women concerned with changing hormone levels as a result of age.
• Cycling women experiencing PMS symptoms - related to a hormonal imbalance.
• Pre- and post-menopausal women concerned with their estradiol and progesterone levels for replacement considerations.
• Those wishing to monitor their hormone levels following replacement therapy (oral, sublingual or topical).
• Anyone with symptoms involving fatigue, insomnia, stress, immunity problems, blood sugar problems, and an over weight body should be tested for cortisol levels.
• Men and women of any age who are having symptoms of hormone imbalances should test for all hormones that may be associated with their symptoms.
• Men and women over the age of 40 may want to do a baseline test.