Salivary Hormone Testing is a simple, non-invasive way to effectively test for hormone levels in men and women. Hormones must pass through the cell membranes of the salivary glands tissue in order to get into the saliva.
As a result, a saliva hormone level is a very close approximation of what actually gets into the tissue rather than what might be theoretically expected from a serum sample. The reason for this is that serum samples measure the levels in the blood and NOT what has actually made it into the tissue.
By assessing hormones in saliva, we are able to get an accurate measurement of the hormones that are available to bind to cells of the body, that is, those hormones that are not bound to proteins. This is because hormones must pass through the salivary gland to get into the saliva. In other words, blood measures hormones that may eventually reach the tissues whereas saliva measures hormones that are actually reaching the tissues.
There are several options for salivary hormone panels:
This panel measures the hormones DHEA-S and Cortisol at 4 points throughout the day. This test allows us to map out the diurnal variations and identify individuals whose stress adaptation is compromised. By recognizing the pattern of adrenal dysfunction a specific treatment plan can be formulated.
Measures Estradiol, Progesterone, Testosterone, Cortisol and DHEA-S.
Imbalances between these hormones can negatively impact health as well as assisting in determining the course of treatment. This test is useful to assess a wide range of female health complaints. It can be used in the assessment of most menstrual disorders, thyroid dysfunction, menopausal symptoms, stress adaptation, weight gain and bone health.
For a pre-menopausal woman, the ideal time to asess hormone levels is approximately 1 week before menstruation, or approximately day 21 of your previous cycle.
Post menopausal women are not subject to the same ups and downs in monthly hormone levels and may be assessed at any time.
Measures Testosterone, Estradiol, Cortisol and DHEA-S.
This panel can be used to detect hormone imbalances in men who suffer from symptoms such as low energy, decreased libido, loss of muscle mass, enlarged prostate (BPH) or enlarged breasts.