Hormones are chemical messengers that can have a powerful effect in controlling our mood, energy, stress, metabolism, sleep, and reproductive health. There is an interconnection between hormones and it requires a delicate balance in order for all of our bodily functions to work properly. Hormonal imbalances can range from estrogen dominance, progesterone deficiency to adrenal fatigue, poly-cystic ovarian syndrome and thyroid problems. Patients find themselves feeling unfulfilled, unheard and frustrated that despite their blood tests being in the normal range, they suffer from range of symptoms such as:
- Weight Gain
- Food Cravings
- Hot Flashes
- Low Libido
There is a variety of comprehensive hormone panels available to analyze men and women's hormonal picture and therapeutic process.
- 24 Hour Urine Hormone Testing is a stable indicator of output not susceptible to the fluctuations seen in serum or salivary measurements. Urine hormone testing is well-established in medical literature as a reliable method of assessing physiological hormone levels.
- A blood hormone test provides a direct assessment of circulating hormones. Most reported hormone values are “total”, including both free and bound hormones.
- Saliva hormone testing is a method which has gained popularity in the recent years. This is due to the simplicity and noninvasive nature of sample collection. Saliva is beneficial for monitoring cortisol according to the AM/PM circadian rhythm. It can also be helpful to assess cyclical output of estrogen and progesterone throughout the month in a cycling or peri-menopausal woman.