By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Scarlett Eriksen
Did you know there is a non-invasive way to check your hormones whether you are male or female? Well, there is! It’s called saliva hormone testing. A hormone saliva test can measure hormones like progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone. “It has been shown that saliva testing is the most accurate measurement of the body’s availability of the hormones, cortisol, DHEA, Estrogen, Progesterone, and Testosterone” (1).
You may ask why should I do a hormone saliva test rather than a traditional blood test? “Saliva testing is much more specific and correctly identifies the level of hormones at the cellular level, in contrast to a serum (blood) test, which measures the level of hormones circulating in the bloodstream” (1). Also, the hormone saliva testing has a 92-96% accuracy rate. The saliva test is very convenient and can be done at home or work.
Most blood tests focus on the level of hormones present in a person’s tissues, where saliva testing looks at the hormone levels that actually influence the tissues. This is a more accurate reading for the clinician. Hormone saliva tests are better at relating to specific symptoms of excess or deficiency, therefore, helping the clinician get to the cause of the presenting symptoms.
A hormone saliva test can tell you if you have a hormone or an adrenal imbalance. Also, for women who may be experiencing hot flashes and night sweats, depression, PMS, PCOS, irregular menstrual cycles, inability to lose weight, vaginal dryness, skin changes, and hair loss, hormone saliva testing can help you learn how to balance out your hormones, therefore, alleviating these symptoms.
The hormone saliva test can also help men who may be experiencing symptoms such as fatigue, erectile dysfunction, decreased strength, hair loss, lack of desire for life and activities and depression.
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Medical disclaimer: Our test kits and all tests cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.