Supporting your overall health
Hormones are produced throughout our body to act as chemical messengers, controlling major physiologic functions such as reproduction, emotions, hunger, etc. When our hormones are out of balance, it can contribute to a number of health conditions leading to undesirable signs and symptoms.
Through laboratory testing, I pay particular attention to:
– Testosterone, free and bound
– Sex Hormone Binding Globulin
– Luteinizing Hormone
– Follicular Stimulating Hormone
– Thyroid Stimulating Hormone
– T3 and T4
Specialized Testing Options
While all Naturopathic Doctors offer blood testing, they also have access to functional testing that will give you a better idea of how your hormones functioning inside your body.
DUTCH ADVANCED HORMONE TESTING
This panel offers an extensive profile of melatonin, adrenal and sex hormones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone) and their metabolites. Hormones are measured over a 24 hour period.
FEMALE HORMONE PANEL
This test provides an overview of female hormone balance by assessing five major hormones and their interactions. They include: estradiol, progesterone, progesterone to estradiol ratio, testosterone, DHEA-s and cortisol. If you are a pre-menopausal woman you may want to take this test a week prior to your period to determine your overall hormonal balance.
MONTH-LONG HORMONE ASSESSMENT
Using salivary hormones, this assessment provides us with a comprehensive look at your female hormones as well as cortisol. You may benefit from this test if you are experiencing abnormal menstrual bleeding, no periods, fertility issues, or cycle-specific symptoms (migraines, PMS, etc.).
Want to learn more?
If you are interested in having your hormones tested, please check out this highly informative article of the 7 hormones all women should test. It provides detailed information of the above hormones, what it looks like when they’re out of balance, and when you should consider serum, urine or saliva testing.