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Testing for Hormone Levels

Testing for Hormone Levels

3 Ways to Test Hormone Levels

✔ Blood

✔ Saliva

✔ Urine

Blood tests for active Hormones are irrelevant

Blood tests measure only the protein-bound hormones not the free, bioavailable (active) hormones – Hormones, such as estrogen and PROGESTERONE are fat soluble, i.e. not dissolvable in water, and must be attached to a protein to be transported in the blood to the appropriate organ.

Many hormones are secreted in a pulsatile fashion –making blood levels fluctuate;

Conventional medicine persists in using serum tests rather than urine or saliva tests – since results are incorrectly low, physicians are apt to greatly over-dose their patients, resulting in success rates usually < 30%.

Saliva test

Transdermally absorbed hormones are biologically active (not protein bound) and show up in the mucins of saliva -Therefore saliva hormone radioimmunoassay (RIA) is a relevant and convenient way to measure how much transdermal, free estrogen, PROGESTERONE , TESTOSTERONE, DHEA and other fat soluble hormones are actually available to carry messages to other organs. Women experiencing perimenopausal symptoms will almost always have salivary hormone levels that reflect a PROGESTERONE deficiency, estrogen excess or both.

What are normal saliva levels for hormones

Normal saliva PROGESTERONE level -is about 0.3-0.5 ng/ml. With 1.5ng/ml at the upper limit.

You can order saliva tests to determine your hormone levels online. Here are some example sites:

John R. Lee. M.D.

SalivaTest.org

Urine test

A 24 hour urine test is the most accurate testing method for hormone levels - advocated by Dr. Jonothon Wright, who along with Dr. Lee, is considered a pioneer in introducing bioidentical hormone therapy in the U.S..

E.g. PROGESTERONE has two forms in the blood

Form

Where

Solubility

Bioavailability

Comment

Protein-Bound

CBG (43-48%)

Albumin (50-54%)

Serum (10%)

(watery, non-cellular part)

Water-soluble

10%

Being water-soluble, the protein-bound hormones pass through the kidneys and are excreted in the urine.

“Free”

(2-3%)

RBCs,

Fat cells, uterus, brain, saliva

Fat-soluble

90%

Hormones Links

HORMONES- Related Links:

HORMONES

Hormones 101 –“Feel Good, Look Good”

Chart of Human Hormones

Testing Hormone Levels

> Take Hormone Test

Synthetic Hormones

–“Frankenstein Version of Natural Hormones”

Balance Adrenal "Stress Managment" Glands

(1) AMINES:

5-HTP –“SSRI Alternative”

SEROTONIN –“Mood Hormone”

MELATONIN –“Darkness Hormone”

> The Biological Clock

T3 and T4 - “Thyroid Hormones (Triiodothyronine and Thyroxine)”

HISTAMINE –“Inflammatory Response Hormone”

Fight or Flight Catecholamines:

EPINEPHRINE. NOREPINEPHRINE

DOPAMINE –“Go Get it! /Reward Hormone”

(2) POLYPEPTIDES:

Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN)- “For auto immune disease, cancer, AIDS, COPD and the common cold”

FSH, LH and GnRH

PROLACTIN –“Cool Down Hormone”

INSULIN –“Blood Sugar Uptake”, GLUCAGON, IGF

LEPTIN –“Curb appetite / Burn Fat”

GHRELIN –“Hunger Hormone”

(3) STEROID HORMONES:

Steroid Hormones

Steroid enzymes affecting Steroid Production /Activity

Glucocorticoids

CORTISOL –“Stress Hormone”

MIneralocorticoids

ALDOSTERONE

Sex Steroid Hormones

Sex Steroid Hormones

Sex hormone-binding carriers

Estrogens –“Predominantly Female Sex Hormones”

Progestagens

PREGNENOLONE

PROGESTERONE –“Precursor to Androgens, Estrogens and Corticoids”

Estrogens and PROGESTERONE in Lifestage Events

Androgens -"Predominately Males Sex Hormone"

Sterols

Vitamin D - The Sunshine Vitamin

CALCITRIOL (active form)

CALCIDIOL (circulating form)