Salivary Hormone Profile
There are several ways salivary hormone tests can help you optimize your health. Most importantly, they help identify possible causes of health problems. Depending on the specific hormones involved, certain symptoms are usually present when hormonal imbalance exists. For example, contrary to popular belief, depression is not caused by a prescription drug deficiency, but it can be caused by an imbalance between estrogens and progesterone, low androgens like DHEA and testosterone, or high cortisol. Genetics, dietary factors or other environmental factors may cause this imbalance.
Why test saliva?
Because steroid hormones play such a vital role in maintenance of health and knowledge of an imbalance in any one or more hormones can help illuminate the cause of health problems. Hormone saliva testing tells us the amount of hormones in our body that are actually usable by our cells; where as blood testing evaluates all circulating hormones regardless of their availability. The advantages of saliva vs. blood testing of steroid hormones: Saliva collection is easy, can be done anywhere, any time, over an extended period of time and at a much lower cost. Blood hormone testing is stressful, and the stress of a blood draw can sometimes alter the result. It has been proven that hormones in saliva are exceptionally stable, which makes the results much more accurate.