Saliva Hormone Testing
Hormones play an important role in maintaining our health and vitality. Measurement of hormone levels can help identify the presence of hormonal imbalances, explain symptoms and connect related health issues.
Saliva testing is reflective of hormone levels, in other words, measurements reflect those levels that are readily available to the body (active portion). Blood test, on the other hand, usually measure the total hormone level, of which, only a portion is bio-available so it is only a rough estimate of the active portion.
Saliva hormone tests are non invasive and are collected under real life conditions. There are no stressful conditions at a lab during the blood draw and many saliva tests take samples throughout a normal day, and month (not just at one sitting time) to provide a more accurate picture of your unique hormonal fluctuations.
Book an appointment with our Medical Herbalist and request hormone testing services for:
Individual Saliva Tests:
Female Hormone Saliva Tests
Symptoms like mood swings, low sex drive and hot flashes may be a sign of a hormone imbalance. Saliva hormone testing may reveal hormone imbalances that can contribute to chronic health problems or hormone conditions. Testing can also be used to monitor hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and in anti-aging and disease prevention programs.
Various saliva hormone tests are available for pre-menopause, peri menopause and to track hormonal fluctuations in women with monthly menstrual cycles.
The female hormone saliva testing can be applicable for women experiencing:
- Functional infertility
- Hormonal imbalance
- Influence of lifestyle (diet, exercise, etc.) on ones menstrual cycle
- Early pregnancy problems - spontaneous miscarriage
- Cycle irregularities, following the use of birth control pills or absent cycles
- Dysmenorrhea (i.e. painful and heavy periods)
- Migraine headaches
- Recent weight gain
- Fibroids and fibrocystic breasts
- Recurrent cycle related symptoms such as PMS, breast tenderness, insomnia, spotting, emotional issues
- Endometriosis and polycystic cystic ovarian syndrome
- Early Osteoporosis
Testing conducted includes: Estrogen, Progesterone, DHEA, Testerone, FSH and LH. Depending upon which test is conducted, numerous samples are collected throughout the month, resulting in 5 FSH and LH measurements. Saliva samples are collected during specified time periods throughout the menstrual cycle. Diagnostic guesswork is minimized and hormonal balance evaluation and customized treatment becomes a reality with the FHP tests.
Adrenal Stress Index
The state of health of the adrenal glands can influence many body functions including: energy production, muscle and joint health, tissue healing and inflammation, bone health, immune function, blood sugar regulation and hypoglyceannia, sleep quality, skin regeneration, thyroid function, grain interference-heightened stress response.
Long-term stress or even high intensity short duration stressors are known to put added stress on the adrenal glands and suppress all immune system functions, reducing resistance to infection and increasing the likelihood of allergies.
Adrenal depletion can also impact a women's transition into menopause, as the adrenal glands continue production of low amounts of estrogen once a women goes through menopause.
Abnormal adrenal rhythms can influence:
- Energy production
- Bone health
- Immune System Health
- Sleep Quality
- Skin Regeneration
- Thyroid Function
- Muscle and Joint Function
- A women's transition through menopause
- Grain intolerance and stress response
Four saliva samples collected throughout day. Cortisol is charted in the morning, noon, evening and bedtime. Saliva testing also measures DHEA and insulin levels, Secretory IgA, Gluten Antibodies and Progesterone levels.
Thyroid Hormone Panel
The thyroid gland is a very important gland located in the front of the neck. The thyroid secretes several life sustaining hormones directly into the circulation.Sometimes sub clinical levels of an under functioning thyroid are not always picked up by blood work. Even women and men who take thyroid hormones and have normal TSH levels sometimes experience symptoms of low thyroid.
Typical symptoms of low thyroid function (hypothyroid) include: depression, cold body temperature, fatigue, dry skin and hair, hoarse or slow speech, intolerance to cold, facial swelling, weight gain, headaches, muscle cramps and fatigue.
Typical symptoms of overactive thyroid function (hyperthyroid) include: nervousness and anxiety, fatigue, palpitations, increased appetite, weight loss, increased sweating, bowel hyperactivity, and sleep disturbances.
Our thyroid saliva panel tests: Free T4, free T3, Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and thyroid antibodies- providing an excellent reflection of hormone activity; with results which are more sensitive than standard blood tests.
Male Hormone Panel
Historically, changes with male hormone levels were not considered problematic, as fertility with men continues well into advanced years. Research is now showing that men also go through age related hormonal changes in midlife, a state called andropause, which can contribute to many imbalances in the body.
Testing for andropause can be indicated for the following age-related conditions including: impaired libido, erectile dysfunction, hormone related baldness, fat accumulation around the waist, urinary urgency frequency, depression, insomnia, low energy, nervousness, hair loss and decreased muscle mass and strength.
The male hormone saliva panel includes testing levels of Androstenedione, Testosterone, Dihydrotestosterone, Estrone, and Progesterone.
Gastrointestinal Health Panel
A comprehensive Digestive Health Panel includes screening to detect bacteria, fungi, yeast, parasites, enzyme levels-ulcers, intolerances to common foods and includes markers to determine the presence of gut inflammation, irritation and general immunity. Our digestive panel tests can help determine how well one digests fats, proteins- h-pylori and identify the presence of celiac disease. Herbal medicine can then be used to promote gut healing, tissue repair and to address inflammation.
This test can be indicated for anyone with ongoing chronic digestive symptoms including: bloating, gas, cramping and constipation or individuals who frequently travel, those who frequently eat outside the home, or food handlers and testing is worth considering in the following clinical conditions:
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Ongoing chronic digestive symptoms
- Post travel loose stool / diarrhoea
- Chronic loose stool or constipation
- Sudden changes in bowel habits
- Multiple food allergies / intolerance
- Bloating, indigestion, heartburn, excess gas and flatulence
- Chronic abdominal discomfort and pain
- Chronic fatigue
- Excessive eating patterns
- Poor sleeping habits
- Long term and chronic skin conditions
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