Female Salivary Hormone Testing
May 01, 2014
Women of any age can be affected by hormone issues. Women who still have menstrual cycles may experience infertility, premenstrual syndrome, mood swings, anxiety, painful periods and other symptoms as a result of hormone imbalance. Women in peri-menopause and menopause often experience debilitating sleep disturbances, night sweats, hot flashes, accelerated bone loss and many other symptoms related to hormone changes. Having female hormones tested through saliva can help your Naturopathic Doctor to sort out the specifics of the hormone imbalance.
Saliva hormone testing is an accurate, non-invasive and clinically useful way of measuring hormones. Thousands of studies using salivary hormone analysis have already been published, with more being added on a regular basis.
Saliva collection is painless and convenient, particularly when multiple samples are required. The fear of needles and stress of having blood taken are removed from the experience - so when stress hormones, such as cortisol, are tested the results are accurate.
Benefits of Saliva Hormone Testing
Saliva hormone testing can be used to identify existing hormone excesses or deficiencies. Five hormones make up the Female Panel: cortisol, DHEAs, estradiol, progesterone and testosterone. Interactions between these hormones are fundamental to health - which is why imbalances can have a significant impact on well-being. For example, finding out that a woman lacks sufficient progesterone to balance high estradiol levels or that high cortisol levels are interfering with the action of progesterone and testosterone.
Why Get a Female Panel?
Women with symptoms not relieved by mainstream medical interventions may benefit from having a saliva hormone test. Once a hormone imbalance has been identified, your Naturopathic Doctor find the right hormone solution for you – be it nutritional or using herbal bioidentical hormone therapy.