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Saliva Hormone testing kit: Our testing kit checks the following key adrenal hormones: estradiol (estrogen), progesterone, testosterone, Dhea, Cortisol (am & pm)

We have a guaranteed 5 day turn-around-time for results upon receipt by the laboratory.

Our lab is FDA approved. They pool four small samples easily collected throughout the day... this gives an average of the values for Estradiol, Estriol, Progesterone, Testosterone and/or DHEA. While these hormones do not have diurnal rhythms, their values fluctuate greatly throughout the day. Therefore, an average of these hormones is far more clinically relevant than a single AM value used by other labs.


SALIVA VERSUS SERUM HORMONE TESTING
Saliva testing is proving to be the most reliable medium for measuring adrenal/ovarian hormone levels.

Hormone levels in saliva accurately represent the amount of hormone delivered to receptors in the body, unlike serum which represent
hormone levels that may or may not be delivered to receptors of the body. Clinically, it is far more relevant to test the amount of hormones delivered to the tissue receptor as this is a reflection of the active hormone levels of the body.
Saliva vs. Serum

Saliva testing is proving to be the most reliable medium for measuring cortisol and sex hormone levels. Saliva accurately represents the amount of hormone delivered to receptors in the body, unlike serum which represents hormone levels that may or may not be delivered to receptors in the body. Clinically, it is far more relevant to test the amount of hormone delivered to the tissue receptors, as this is a reflection of the active hormone levels in the body.

The hormones in blood exist in one of two forms: free (5%) or protein bound (95%). While 95% of the hormones in the body are bound to protein carriers, it is only 5% of these hormones that are free and biologically active.

Saliva measures the free, bioavailable hormone levels in the body. When blood is filtered through the salivary glands, the protein bound hormone components are too large to pass through the cell membranes of the salivary glands. Only the unbound hormones pass through and into the saliva. What is measured in the saliva is considered the "free," or bioavailable hormone, which will be delivered to the receptors in the tissues of the body.

Serum measures the "protein bound" biologically inactive hormone levels in the body. In order for steroid hormones to be detected in serum, they must be bound to circulating proteins. In this bound state, they are unable to fit into receptors in the body, and therefore will not be delivered to tissues. They are considered inactive, or non-bioavailable.

In a healthy person, cortisol levels are naturally highest in the morning and gradually recede throughout the day. Saliva testing allows easy collection over the course of an entire day so that diurnal cortisol levels can be assessed. In addition, saliva testing is preferable to serum testing as studies have shown that the stress of venipuncture can greatly alter cortisol levels; plasma cortisol levels after a difficult blood draw can be misleading.

Perhaps most importantly, only saliva testing can measure 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), with no parallel increase seen in serum levels. Therefore, serum testing cannot be used to monitor topical hormone therapy.

Saliva pros:

The most reliable measure of free, bioavailable hormones

The only way to measure topically dosed hormones

Non-invasive collection. Most convenient for multiple collections over the course of one day.

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 therapy.

Our testing kit checks the following key adrenal hormones: estradiol (estrogen), progesterone, testosterone, Dhea, Cortisol (am & pm)

Whether you are checking your hormones for the first time or if you are monitoring the effectiveness of your natural bio-identical hormone creams... saliva is the best way to test.

This kit is sent you to your home. You simply follow the easy directions on collecting saliva (stated in the kit) and it is then sent via UPS (pre-paid postage) directly to our lab for evaluation. We receive the results in 5 working days after their receipt of your saliva. Once we have the results we will contact you and set up an appointment to consult and go over all results and our recommendations for supplementation as needed.
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