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Saliva Testing For Hormone Levels
At home hormone saliva testing is widely accepted in the medical community as a reliable and accurate method to determine hormonal profile, providing a comprehensive snapshot of hormone production from multiple endocrine organs.
The endocrine organs, such as the sex organs (ovaries and testes), the adrenal glands, and the pineal gland (located in the brain), synthesise and secrete hormones into the blood stream which travel around the body to carry out various physiological functions.
There are several benefits of using at home hormone saliva tests to measure a range of hormones. It is convenient, results are obtained quickly and self-initiated testing enables one to take control of their hormone health.
The most palpable benefit of hormone testing at home is the convenience. It requires minimal time, is non-invasive, doesn’t require making appointments with a GP and is affordable. The testing kit is simply posted out to the customer, the samples then dropped off at the nearest collection centre. The desired hormones are measured in a laboratory and the results promptly returned by email.
Our hormones control many aspects of our health and, quite simply, how good we feel. Today, it has never been easier to take control of our healthy wellbeing and to be empowered not only through making the right lifestyle choices but taking steps to investigate why we don’t feel well and what can be done about it.
Persistent symptoms of hormone deficiency or imbalance may relate to feelings of fatigue, low mood, anxiety, loss of sex drive, irregular periods, and difficulty losing weight – the list goes on.
An at home hormone saliva test is an easy and reliable way of getting a first line indication that hormone levels are amiss.
Salivary hormone tests provide a convenient way of keeping track of hormone levels when baseline or previous testing has already been done, or pre-existing conditions warrant regular measurements of hormone levels.
Monitoring of hormone levels could be required following interventions such as hormone supplementation or hormone replacement therapy, or to assess ovarian function or menstrual irregularities, or even to evaluate hormonal profiles following lifestyle changes.
Testing in such cases is a useful way to make sure hormone levels are within the healthy or expected range.
Many of the hormones that regulate our physiology, including reproductive function or the ability to control stress are not steady-state, but fluctuate in a daily or monthly rhythm. At home hormone saliva testing permits a detailed assessment of true hormone levels at multiple points in time.
Multi-Point Saliva Collection Method [MSM], provides a broader measure, allowing for a wider view and more thorough observation of the hormone secretion pattern. This applies to both the androgen and stress hormones.
The hormones cortisol and melatonin are pulsatile and secreted in a daily ‘circadian’ rhythm. Testing them involves saliva collections at six hour intervals [usually]. It is the pattern of secretion that paints the full picture of their performance. With the androgens, i.e. testosterone, progesterone, the estrogens and precursor hormone DHEAs, it is the morning behaviour which is of interest. This is when these hormones should be most active. Using MSM, saliva samples are collected over a two hour period, allowing for the laboratory to map hormone secretion patterns to better asses hormone health.
MSM also reduces the possibility of “random” contamination during collection affecting the test result. Saliva samples which appear compromised are set aside, and testing of the remaining samples continues.
Steroid hormones including, but not limited to, testosterone, estrogens, progesterone and cortisol, are for the most part locked down by binding proteins in the blood. In this state, the hormones are biologically inactive: the binding proteins prevent hormone overactivity by preventing the hormone attaching to its receptor.
Only a small fraction of a hormone (~5%) is released by the binding protein for action, and it is this hormone fraction that is detected in saliva. Hormones secreted into the saliva are ‘free’, and give an accurate representation of biologically active hormone levels at the time of the test.
The latest analytical technologies in hormone-detection assays are used in the laboratory to yield highly precise and sensitive test results. This means that very low levels of hormones can be detected with an accurate read-out of hormone concentration. As such one saliva sample can be portioned across multiple hormone tests allowing for combined testing and providing a more comprehensive hormone profile that is provided in a single report.
The rigorous clinical diagnostic practices applied to salivary testing provides accurate medical information that can be passed to your GP for more thorough investigations directed by your medical professional.
At TestoChecker your saliva samples are in safe hands. TestoChecker only send saliva samples for hormone analysis to NATA-accredited laboratories.
NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities) is an independent authority that assess and award accreditation status to laboratory facilities. NATA experts inspect multiple aspects of laboratory operations to ensure that data are high-quality, accurate and collected following Good Laboratory Practice guidelines.
NATA accreditation, which is endorsed by the Australian government, ensures that the laboratory is compliant with industry standards across Australia. At TestoChecker, we are committed to providing our customers with high-quality, reliable tests to the highest possible standards.
At TestoChecker there is full flexibility to design the hormone panel right for you. This allows you to uniquely tailor your tests to your needs. Using the Design Your Own Hormone Test tool, selection of multiple hormones can be chosen that are either measured once off to give a baseline value or can be measured in multiples over-time. In the cases of episodic hormones that fluctuate over the course of a day, up to 4 tests can be done at desired time-points, to return a detailed assessment of hormone patterns.