We provide hormone panels through urine testing, blood tests and salivary testing.
Urine Hormone Panels are best used for the following:
- Female hormone balance
- Androgen balance
- Breast and prostate cancer risk factors
- Adrenal health
- Adrenal reserves
- Growth hormone
- 5α-reductase activityn
- Monitoring bioidentical hormone therapy
This is a non-invasive, 24-hour urine collection sample that is the gold standard in testing for its accuracy and because it provides a stable indicator of output not susceptible to the hour-to-hour fluctuations seen in serum or salivary measurements.
Similarly, the broad array of glucocorticoid and mineralocorticoid metabolites measured in a 24-hour urine hormone profile take adrenal assessment beyond simple cortisol measurements. The 24-hour urine profiles provide a comprehensive picture of long-term adrenal health and short term stress response
Blood tests are best used for the following:
Serum measurements are a ‘snapshot’ look at sex hormones that may fluctuate greatly during day.
Salivary panels are best used for the following:
- Circadian cortisol pattern
- Menstrual cycle evaluation
Saliva testing for hormones 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.