Salivary Hormone Testing
Why Salivary Hormone Testing?
Salivary hormone testing measures unbound, or free, hormone levels in the body, unlike serum based hormone testing. Salivary hormone testing accurately reflects the active and unbound hormones which are biologically available to their receptors in target tissues. Since its development, salivary hormone testing has been gaining popularity as a testing methodology in large part due to its simplicity and non-invasive method of collection. Further, the ease of sample collection allows for accurate timing to obtain samples at critical intervals throughout the day, yielding more accurate results than blood or serum testing. Since hormone levels may vary during the day or during the month, multiple saliva specimens can be collected, conveniently offering precise measurement. The inherent stability of salivary hormones also allows latitude in collection and shipment.
Importance of Hormone Testing
Hormonal imbalances have been linked to a broad spectrum of health conditions and clinical symptoms in both men and women. As science has shown, hormones decline and change as we age. Identifying and managing such changes is critical in the prevention of many chronic diseases. Measuring critical hormone levels and interpreting the results can help explain symptoms and accurately recommend proper treatment. This makes hormone testing an essential element of every annual check-up and disease-prevention program.
Common Symptoms and Conditions Associated with Hormonal Imbalance:
• Cardiovascular disease
• Depression & irritability
• Low sex drive, libido
• Weight gain and decreased muscle tone
• Memory loss, foggy thinking & Alzheimer’s disease
• Insomnia & sleep disturbances
• Hair thinning and loss
• Osteopenia and Osteoporosis
Advantages of Salivary Hormone Testing
• Less expensive than serum
• Easy sample collection, convenient
• No special handling or shipping
• Painless collection
• Multiple collections, important for hormones with circadian or monthly rhythms
• More representative than serum of total bioavailable steroid hormone levels
• Detects unbound and free hormone.