Can Blood and Saliva Tests For Hormones Show Different Results?By Alane Archer, ND, CNC and Michelle Tuffs

Ladies…and gentlemen, let’s discuss hormone imbalance! This is one area that I’ve had more experience in one lifetime than I’d ever want. Since I was eleven years old I am sure my hormones were all over the place, and so was I! I dealt with acne, horrible cramping, mood swings and maybe I had a bit of an attitude most of the time! Testing my hormone levels would have made a world of difference if I’d only known. Today there are traditional blood tests and saliva test kits available but can blood, and saliva tests for hormones show different results? Let’s compare the two and find out more…

It’s pretty standard to think spot on results about our bodies should begin with a blood draw; however, this isn’t necessarily always the best case scenario. Saliva testing for hormones has come quite a long way since the 1980’s. So far in fact that we now know blood and saliva tests for hormones CAN show entirely different results. For example, at Nutritionally Yours we have clients who’ve blood tests have shown LOW results, but saliva tests show certain hormones are HIGH and are leading to symptoms of an overabundance of hormones. One sign of HIGH Hormone levels is the inability to lose weight. Over time hormones become “stuck” in our fat cells; thus a liver and tissue detox may be in order, and we can suggest healthy and productive ways to do this in the protocols we send with the test results.

Saliva tests for hormones show different results because unlike blood-based tests, saliva can measure the amount of free, unbound hormones that are available to act on a target tissue. About 95 to 99% of steroid hormones in our bloodstream are bound to proteins. Saliva, on the other hand, contains unbound, bioavailable (meaning it can be used by the body) hormone levels. These concentration levels better represent circulating levels of free hormones which are likely to affect our body and be responsible for symptoms related to excess or deficiencies of certain hormones.

Also, among the great things about saliva testing, it’s non-invasive and stress-free. Our saliva test kits can be done at home at your convenience and after collected they can be mailed to our lab for processing.

If you are experiencing symptoms of hormone imbalance, mood swings, acne, struggle to lose weight or maybe premature wrinkles, at we offer several choices for your convenience. Click on “Hormones” and find the test that’s right for you.

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