Sample collection: x 4 saliva samples to be provided over a single day at morning, noon, evening and night. x 1 Testosterone (taken from first sample) Instructions provided.
Warning: Not suitable for people using prednisone/prednisolone therapy.
Overview: 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.
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.
Testosterone: Low testosterone has been attributed to decreased sexual arousal and desire in Females. Excess testosterone can cause some worrying side effects such as menstrual irregularity or absence of periods, excess body hair. hair growth on chin or upper lip (hirsutism) and acne. It is believed that some woman continue to produce testosterone post menopause but not all. The reasons for this are not known at this stage.
Male: Testosterone controls the development of typical male features (e.g., deep voice, face and body hair, muscle bulk) and male fertility. Abnormally low levels of testosterone can decrease sexual performance, muscle and bone strength, and increase fatigue and depression.
Fasting required: Yes – 10 to 12 hours
More: There is no ideal specimen type for measuring hormones since there are advantages to each, depending on clinical goals. In the case of stress hormones, the majority of circulating hormones are bound to proteins and are biologically inert. Salivary testing assesses unbound, biologically-active level of the hormone within your body.
Instructions included with this kit.