Saliva testing: A great tool in the hormone-balancing act

Durango-Herald
Durango, CO

By Nancy Utter

Article Last Updated; Monday, May 11, 2009
Hormone testing is an important tool that can be used to measure and understand hormone imbalances. Salivary hormone testing uses saliva samples and is an easy way to measure hormone levels in the body.

Testing saliva also can allow health-care practitioners to create a picture of how hormones change over time. This can be useful information to guide and focus treatment to rebalance hormones.

Hormones such as estrogen, testosterone, progesterone and cortisol are our body’s messengers. They tell our organs and tissues what to do to maintain homeostasis or balance. When secreted appropriately in response to internal and external changes, they keep our bodies and minds on track, happy and healthy. When out of balance, they can cause physical and emotional havoc.

The good news is that these imbalances can be corrected once we know what they are. Hormone testing can pinpoint a problem.

Some hormone-related health problems are obvious, such as premenstrual syndrome, infertility and low libido. Be-cause every tissue in the body is under the influence of hormone messaging, there are many other symptoms that can be caused by hormone imbalances.

For example, migraine headaches, gas and bloating, depression, anger and insomnia can be caused by hormones out of whack. For women, some symptoms may be related to certain times in their cycle. For men, many hormonal problems can show up as part of the aging process.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.