Simple. Because many women, who are enduring both PMS and menopause related symptoms that are effecting their physical and mental well-being, are being impacted not by decreasing hormone levels but by unbalanced hormone levels that can be treated through diet, exercise and hormone balancing therapies. And the same can be said for men.
But before you undertake any treatment regime, doesn’t it make sense to know what problem are you trying to solve? Is it low estrogen or flat-lined cortisol? Would testosterone help or just a bodice-ripper romance just before bed? Who knows until you know the actual state of your hormones …
You can test any or all of the following hormone using a simple saliva test kit:
As a first time test we recommend the Comprehensive Hormone Saliva Test Panel. Why? Because many of the symptoms that relate to estrogen dominance can in fact be caused by adrenal fatigue. Therefore it is best to test your Cortisol levels as well as all other hormones to get a baseline reading before any therapies are undertaken.
Hormone saliva testing is an easy non-invasive way of assessing your hormone status. You do the test at home by taking saliva samples and mail it off the lab using the pre-paid mailer. You get your results in PDF format via email and what you do with them then is up to you.
Hormona saliva testing is proving to be the most reliable medium for measuring hormone levels. Hormone levels in saliva accurately represent the amount of hormone delivered to receptors in the body, unlike serum which represents hormone levels that may or may not be delivered to receptors of the body. Clinically, it is far more relevant to test the amount of hormones delivered to the tissue receptors as this is a reflection of the active hormone levels of the body.
The majority of hormones in the blood exist in one of two forms: free (5%) or protein bound (95%). While 95% of the hormones in the body are protein bound, it is only the 5% free hormones that are biologically active. Saliva measures the free bio-available hormone levels in the body, while serum measures only the protein bound non-bio available hormone levels. Therefore, serum is a much less accurate measurement than that of saliva when assessing functional hormone levels.
If you have any concerns about the efficacy of hormone saliva testing then please read this Hormone Saliva Tests vs. Serum Tests paper.