When should you test? It is best to test before you start any hormone therapy in order to set benchmarks for improvement. This includes before using face creams that may contain progesterone or estrogen as these creams can in fact elevate your hormone levels.
How does it work? Tests are easy to do and come with very simple instructions. If you are using any form of HRT you will need to stop using it prior to the test. The instructions will tell you when.
On a nominated date based on your menopause status, you spit into little vials using a straw 4 times throughout the day (morning, lunch, evening, night). One you have done that you fill in a form to indicate your symptoms as well as provide some other data and you mail it off in the prepaid mailer. If you have to wait until the next day then pop the vials in the freezer over-night. Make sure you mail it as soon as you can as it needs to get to the lab within 14 days. Read some frequently asked questions.
Can I test if already on HRT or birth control? Yes, you just need to disclose on the form what you are taking.
When should I retest? It is a good idea to test again within 2-3 months of starting any hormone program to see if it is working. Once you have things under control, a test once every year is a good idea.
Why not a blood test? Saliva is the more accurate than blood serum testing. Only about 1-5% of the hormones in blood are in the unbound or “free” form. The remaining 95-99% are tightly bound to blood proteins. It is this unbound, also called bio-available, hormones that actually enter your body tissue including your salivary glands to do their work. So it is the bio-available hormone levels that we want to measure.
What is in the report? Your results will be emailed to you in a PDF file once your tests are complete. The report will list the hormone levels for the ones you are testing. It will give the reading and indicate if they are Low, Average or High providing the ranges that provide that determination.
Click here to see a sample of an 8 Panel Test.
Please note that while your report may include some basic recommendations based on the test results and your indicated symptoms, if you want further advice, you will need to consult with a medical professional. MenopauseTracker.com cannot give medical advice.