Women who still have menstrual cycles may experience infertility, premenstrual syndrome, mood swings, anxiety, painful/irregular periods, acne, hair loss and other symptoms as a result of hormone imbalance. Women in peri-menopause and menopause often experience debilitating sleep disturbances, night sweats, hot flashes, accelerated bone loss and many other symptoms related to hormone changes.
Other conditions associated with hormone imbalance include:
Five primary hormones are assessed in this panel: cortisol, DHEAs, estradiol, progesterone and testosterone, as well as ALL of their metabolities, providing information on excesses or deficiencies in these hormones, AND how the body is utilizing them. Interactions between these hormones are fundamental to health - which is why imbalances can have a significant impact on well-being. Knowing which imbalances are occurring helps your health care provider target natural therapies to move them back into balance.
Why get Urinary hormone testing?
While clinical symptoms provide some insight, Urinary Hormone testing gives you and your Naturopath a detailed snapshot into every step of the process in your endocrine system. Blood or salivary hormone samples are less accurate at identifying imbalances, as they only reflect free floating hormones, and fail to account for hormones that are in use or bound in tissue. Furthermore, they provide a reflection of the amount of free hormone, but not what your body is in fact doing with it.
For example, testoterone may appear within a normal range on bloodwork, but bloodwork fails to assess if that's a result of the testosterone having been broken down into into metabolite, DHT (which is 2.5x more potent, an as a result, will still cause symptoms of excess testoterone)
Benefits to urinary hormone assessments include the ability to assess both primary hormone levels, their pathway of breakdown, and the efficacy of the enzymes that are doing so. The results allow for a tailored treatment plan that are specific to you and your hormonal needs, and treatments often work faster and more effectively.
Information and pamphlets collected and adapted from Rocky Mountain Analytical and DUTCH complete.
Courtney Holmberg, ND does not endorse or have professional affiliation with this lab company. The information provided is for general education, and is not intended to assist in diagnosing or treating a medical condition.