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Hormone Testing

How Are You Being Graded?

Hormone testing is crucial in diagnosing an imbalance in hormones; and while some urogynecologists may choose to use a blood test to detect any existing imbalances, a saliva test is actually the most effective and accurate form of hormone testing.

Is It In Your Blood?

Admittedly, blood tests do reveal imbalances in hormones; but these tests measure only the bound hormone levels, which are the total amount of hormones that are present in the tissues of the body. Saliva tests, on the other hand, measure the unbound hormone levels, which are the amount of hormones available for use by the body’s tissues and actually influencing those tissues. In determining the unbound hormone levels, a specialist is given a far more accurate reading of which hormones are actually imbalanced and need to be addressed.

Spit It Out

Specifically, saliva testing is used to measure the levels of cortisol, estrogen, progesterone, DHEAS, and testosterone being used by the body. If a hormone imbalance exists, it causes a number of alarming symptoms including chronic stress, failure in the function of the adrenal glands, depression, increased anxiety, obesity, fatigue, insomnia, and diabetes. Due to the fact that saliva tests measure unbound hormone levels to determine the degree to which each of these hormones is actually impacting the body, such symptoms can be treated more accurately and with greater efficacy. Blood tests, conversely, allow only for the fallible estimates of the physician to determine hormonal function based on the lab results showing a more generalized total number.

The accuracy of saliva testing is only one of the ways that it is preferable over blood testing when hormone testing is necessary. It is also less invasive than blood testing, which requires blood samples to be drawn in a medical facility. Saliva tests, however, can be conducted on a sample of saliva taken at any time and anywhere it is convenient, which also simplifies the need for taking multiple samples to provide a more accurate reading. Saliva tests are also more affordable than traditional blood tests.

Don’t let your blood fail the test! Give the team at Coyle Institute a call today!