Sample collection: x 4 saliva samples to be provided over a single day at morning, noon, evening and night.
Fasting requirements: Fasting overnight for the first sample collection only. (Additional instruction related to meal times / collection times provided.)
Warning: Not suitable for people using prednisone/prednisolone therapy.
Why use this test? Used to identify abnormal cortisol output, this test provides a comprehensive assessment of the cortisol daily pattern. Results provided in both Chart and Graph form.
About: Cortisol is the body’s primary stress hormone. When the brain stimulates its release in response to physical or emotional stress, the adrenal glands secrete cortisol into the general circulation. Cortisol helps the body regulate blood sugar levels, blood pressure, inflammation, the immune system, memory formulation. It also has a controlling effect on the body’s salt and water balance. In women, cortisol also supports the developing fetus during pregnancy.
How It Works (Steps)
- Purchase test, have it delivered to your doorstep. Tracking number available upon request.
- Complete simple saliva sample collection and brief paperwork.
- Mail back to our certified lab (reply-paid parcel included).
- Samples analysed by NATA accredited laboratory.
- Receive your results by secure .PDF.
More: 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.
Heat, cold, infection, trauma, stress, exercise, obesity, and debilitating disease can influence cortisol levels. The hormone is secreted in a daily pattern and it this pattern that is measured with the Comprehensive Cortisol Test.
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Generally speaking, hormone testing is fine to do when using medicines but there are exceptions. Any supplements used to mimic the effects of hormones, and any steroid based treatment will affect the results. HRT treatment will obviously affect (some) test results and it is this effect people look to measure. New medicines, or brands of old ones, become available every day, and there is no conclusive list of medicines which interfere with any kind of human sample analysis.
The laboratory will not compromise themselves by testing saliva that is past its used by (too viscous). Their only concern is the accuracy of the results and the integrity of the laboratory. So when a sample turns up that has been delayed by Australia Post, and it isn't fit for testing, they have no hesitation in rejecting it, and we start the process over (at no cost to you).
More: The official position of saliva travel time is that saliva samples are good for (up to) 12 days, Despite the guidelines, each sample is assessed for suitability upon arrival prior to testing.
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