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What is the best way to test my hormones? Hormone DUTCH Testing of course!

hormones women's health May 12, 2021

We have been speaking to so many of you recently about our DUTCH hormone testing. So, I thought it was time I jumped on in and gave you some info.

Where it all began:
Right back at the beginning of my Naturopath journey I relied on blood or saliva testing to better understand my clients underlying hormone imbalance. And although that definitely helped me start I often found there was missing information – or that even though I treated the person based on their results we were not getting the outcome we desired. Fast-forwards 5 years into my journey and I discovered a whole new world. The world of the DUTCH Plus - now this was like nothing I had seen before. It was what I had been searching for!

Let me explain:

What is DUTCH testing:
DUTCH stands for Dried Urine Testing for Comprehensive Hormones. It is a way we can see the whole picture of what hormones your body is making and excreting through your urine metabolites. These metabolites allow us to look deeper into HOW your hormones are behaving in the body. We can see how well you detoxify your hormones, what influence your hormones are having on your symptoms and what areas need working on to balance your hormones. Therefore, more target treatment plans, giving you a quicker result.

How is it different to saliva testing?
Our saliva only holds around 3-5% of our total hormones. Therefore it can give us an indication but there is a big picture being missed here. The DUTCH Plus utilises the two forms of collection- saliva and urine so we can measure how fast your body is using your cortisol, which may lead to further fatigue and inflammation. By comparing your salivary cortisol and your urine metabolites of cortisol we can start to see how your body is truly behaving, and start treating your adrenal symptoms exactly how they want to be supported rather than basing it on the 3-5% in your tissues.

What types of conditions benefit from DUTCH testing?
We often see women whom are fed up with being told their hormones are “normal”.

DUTCH testing can reveal metabolites associated with the following conditions:
Weight gain
Period pain
Heavy periods
Irregular periods
Breast and uterine cancers
Hormonal headaches and migraines
Insulin resistance
Anxiety and insomnia
Fatigue and exhaustion
Facial hair
Hair loss
Peri to post menopause
Low libido
and so much more ……..

What hormones does it test for?
- The 3 Estrogens
- Androgens, including Testosterone, DHT and DHEA-S
- Progesterone
- Cortisol
- Melatonin
- 8-OHdG
- OATS markers- B12, B6, melatonin, noradrenaline, dopamine and oxidative damage

How are the tests done?
What we love about DUTCH is it is all done in the comfort of your own home. You collect 5 times across the day, in a morning interval and evening so we can assess your full day hormone picture. For cycling women we test day 19-21 or if you have irregular cycles we can discuss further when is the right time for you. For post-menopausal women we can test any day.

Test kits are recommended as part of our Naturopath consultations. Whilst we wait for your results we often start working on the more obvious driving factors of your hormones, for example gut and diet and then once results are back we can dive straight into deeper support.

If you feel like you have reached the point of really wanting to know what you can do about your hormones you can jump on and book a discovery call to find out more with one of our Naturopaths.

For more info check out our DUTCH Plus page


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