Testing For Hormones

Many menopause and pre-menopause related problems relate to an imbalance of the hormones oestrogen and progesterone. Hormones are usually measured in blood serum but they can be measured just as accurately in saliva.

Bioidentical Hormone Health

Dame Dr Shirley Bond
June 24, 2010

Many menopause and pre-menopause related problems relate to an imbalance of the hormones oestrogen and progesterone. Hormone levels are usually measured in blood serum but they can be measured just as accurately in saliva.

The advantage of saliva testing of hormones is that it can be done easily at home and does not involve needles or visits to a laboratory. This is particularly useful when repeating the hormone level tests several times in a cycle, or on particular days of a cycle, or if one wants to check the hormone levels for oneself.

Do saliva tests give the same results as blood tests?

Blood tests measure the hormone that is protein bound but water soluble, whereas saliva testing measures the hormone that is in a fat-soluble form.

However, saliva tests and blood tests will provide the same information so long as the person interpreting the results realises these differences and does not expect the levels to be the same for blood as for saliva. What ever results are obtained these must be compared with the normal levels for that method of measurement.

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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.