DUTCH Hormone Testing
A majority of woman we see in clinic are exhausted and feeling stretched, spending their time juggling family duties, work, and other life demands. Often they’re not aware of the impact that hormonal imbalances have on their health and that imbalances present symptoms such as mood swings, bloating, fatigue, anxiety & depression, abnormal menstruation (heavy/painful periods), PMS, headaches, decreased sex drive, breast tenderness, endometriosis, fibroids, and unexplained weight gain. This is when I always recommend the comprehensive DUTCH Test to identify what is occurring with their hormones. This test is the gold standard when it comes to hormone testing. The DUTCH test examines reproductive and adrenal hormones as well as melatonin and oxidative stress.
WHAT IS THE DUTCH HORMONE TEST? The Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones involves collection of a small amount of urine on filtered paper, four times a day. The DUTCH TEST measures hormone metabolites from the dried urine samples, as well as cortisol and cortisone rhythms and levels, and estrogen metabolic pathways. The full list includes –
WHY MEASURE THESE HORMONES? While blood tests for hormone profiles are useful, they are not as comprehensive as the DUTCH test. Blood and saliva tests don’t measure cortisol rhythms and estrogen metabolism and do not track hormone replacement as thoroughly. They’re also not sensitive enough to see the different levels of estrogen, which can be an issue when we’re trying to figure out a woman’s estrogen state that impacts her overall health. What makes the DUTCH test better than blood or saliva tests is the comprehensive information that is collected with a single test. The DUTCH test is well-recognized for its ease-of-collection, coupled with comprehensive reporting that is not currently available from other tests.
HOW TO ACCESS THE TEST –
The DUCTH test is ordered online and is posted to your home. It is a urine-based test and includes little strips to dip in your urine. You dip the strips, let them dry, mail them off. The instructions are simple and clear.
For new clients, an Initial Consultation will need to be conducted before purchasing the test. The appropriate test will then be recommended for you. Please contact me for further information.
WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE RESULTS?
Your test results are analyzed in detail by me before sharing with you; as I look at any hormone imbalances to effectively determine a plan that is tailored to your specific needs. Test results take approx. 4-6 weeks once you have completed the test. We discuss the results and personalised plan in a long consultation (1-1.5 hours)