Comprehensive Hormone Testing

Hormone Testing is incredibly complex.  We all have the same hormones, but depending on things like age, sex, and the day of the month, our hormones can look and act very differently.  The standard hormone tests just don't cut it for a few reasons:

  1. Lab ranges are a disservice.  
    •  A lab reference range is the average value a lab sees.  But let's be honest, healthy and optimally functioning humans are not the majority of people getting their blood drawn.  Therefore, the reference range you see on your lab test report is actually the average of "sick."  "Sick" just meaning people who are getting their blood drawn because they are not functioning optimally.  For all the lab tests we run, we always compare the value to functional ranges.  This is where you want to be if you want optimal health and function.  
  2. Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are not your only hormones!​
    • Believe it or not, we are incredibly complex beings with many more hormones than this.  On top of this, our hormones are constantly being metabolized and changing between active and inactive forms, as well as healthy and unhealthy forms.  In order to assess your hormone health, we need to know the whole picture. 
  3.  ​Basic labs are deceitful.
    • Most doctors test for the free hormone because that is the active form and what is doing all the important things.  ​However, free hormones are very unstable and only constitute a small percentage of the actual amount of that hormone in your body.  The majority of your hormones are bound to a protein for storage and safe keeping until it is needed.  If you are only testing the bare minimum you are going to get minimal answers.  
  4. The type of test makes a huge difference.​
    • The most common type of lab test is a blood test.  It is quick and the sample can be tested immediately in most cases.  In most cases this is the best way to go.  But in terms of hormones, a blood test may be accurate enough for government work, but not accurate enough for your health.  When it comes to hormones, urine testing is actually the most accurate and comprehensive form.​
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DUTCH (dried urine test for comprehensive hormones) Test

This is the most comprehensive and accurate hormone test on the market.  It will give you the most complete picture of your hormone health, letting you know exactly where your problem lays.  This test, although predominately run for women, can and should be run for men as well.  

You should consider the DUTCH Test if you are experiencing:

  • PMS

  • PMDD

  • PCOS

  • Abnormal periods

  • Absent periods

  • Painful periods

  • Heavy bleeding

  • Tender breasts

  • Hot flashes

  • Infertility or trouble conceiving

  • Loss of libido

  • Painful intercourse

  • Loss of muscle mass

  • Abnormal hair growth or loss

  • Acne

  • Fatigue

  • Weight gain 

  • Mood swings

  • Depression

  • Trouble sleeping

  • or if you're peri-menopausal

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The test can be ordered for you anywhere in the country.  All you have to do is take the order to a blood draw site near you for collection and the rest is taken care of!