Hormones are a tricking thing. We understand they decline over time and many have a pulsatile nature (fluctuate based upon time of day or day of the month). Plus, now our exposure to endocrine (hormone) disrupting chemicals (BPA, pesticides, etc.) is insane. More than 400 of these chemicals have been found in human fat. If you also factor in differences in the genetic ability to metabolize hormones and chemicals, you can begin to imagine the difficulty in testing and treating for deficiencies.
Most providers test serum (blood) levels. It’s been done for decades and continues to be the “standard”. It’s what I learned and have continued to use for years. However, know this is a measurement of your hormones in circulation. It doesn’t provide much insight to patterns or how hormones are being metabolized.
Then there’s saliva testing. This has proven beneficial especially in assessing the daily pattern production of cortisol, an adrenal hormone. However, getting good information on other hormones can be challenging.
Now there’s urine testing. That’s what this post is really focused on. This is providing information we haven’t had before, mostly on metabolites of hormones. This will be a lab test offered at FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE CLINICS OF ALASKA.
Check out this great comparison of serum (blood) vs. saliva vs. urine testing.
Check out these videos on the benefits of DUTCH testing: