Hormones control everything from weight, mood, energy, anxiety levels, motivation and so much more
Testing your hormones (instead of guessing) is crucial to feeling better but you MUST choose the right type of hormone test and there are several.
Conventional healthcare takes an overly simplistic view of women’s complex hormonal concerns. If you’re dealing with any of the symptoms listed below, getting the correct hormone test is your first step in feeling better!
- Wish you had more energy for the things you love to do?
- Wonder why you're carrying around extra weight that came out of nowhere?
- Feel concerned about the potential for developing a serious medical condition?
- Lack energy to get out of bed and get your day started with gusto?
- Wonder what happened to your once-lovely complexion?
The Dry urine test for comprehensive hormones is a Complete and most advanced hormone test, offering an extensive profile of sex and adrenal hormones, melatonin, along with their metabolites, to identify symptoms of hormonal imbalances
Lab tests won’t “cure” you and in fact, sometimes even the best lab tests simply point to the need for further investigative testing, but the dry urine testing is a great test for all women and man to do because of the richness of the data it provides when you seek to uncover the hidden causes behind health concerns instead of just covering up symptoms with drugs and supplements
Why test hormones anyway though?
Hormones are chemical compounds present so sparsely in the blood that their concentration is usually measured on the level of a few parts per trillion. Yet they are tremendously powerful in coordinating the actions of our organs and glands – and affecting our quality of life! Steroid hormone imbalance can affect EVERY OTHER BODY SYSTEM and your specific lifestyle choices play a huge role in this outcome.
While it is possible to test hormones in blood or saliva and derive some useful data, these methods have drawbacks that limit their usefulness.
Dry urine testing It’s an easy to do test that helps inform a plan of action. This test has you collecting 4 separate urine samples (using filter paper) over the course of 14 hours, to give you far more actionable data than using a salivary hormone panel.
BELOW ARE MY TOP 10 REASONS TO DO THE DRY URINE TEST
Reason 1: It gives you a comprehensive look at cortisol production by your adrenal glands. Saliva adrenal testing only measures the free fraction of cortisol, which is around 1% of your production. The test will measure both free and total (also called metabolized) cortisol for a better look at overall production. Metabolized cortisol comprises 80% of your total production and is a more accurate way of determining adrenal gland health.
Why is this important? This is crucial for determining whether you have low cortisol, or not. Far too many women have been told they’ve got low cortisol, or “adrenal fatigue” based on a saliva panel. 85% of these women have high metabolized cortisol which means that although their free cortisol was low, overall production is just fine. Even worse, some of these women, (who were found to have low cortisol production via a saliva panel) were given hydrocortisone supplements. If they have high total cortisol and are given cortisol increasing medication or supplements, they will likely feel much worse.
Reason 2: The dry urine test is easier to do than a saliva panel. I don’t know about you but working up a tube full of spit can be a challenge. With this test, you just urinate on filter paper and put it aside to dry. Easy!
Reason 3: The test can point a finger towards a concurrent thyroid problem. The test is not a thyroid test but if you are hypothyroid, your adrenals will likely reflect this.
Why is that?
Cortisol and thyroid hormone really interface with each other and the dry urine test will show both your production of cortisol and your clearance of it. Depending on your levels, it can be a red flag for thyroid issues.
Reason 4: The test gives you a total picture of DHEA production. The test will show you your overall DHEA production (by combining the 3 most abundant metabolites of DHEA which are DHEA-S, etiocholanolone and androsterone). The sum of these 3 metabolites gives you a good estimation of your overall production of DHEA. DHEA is a vitality hormone that counterbalances the effects of too much cortisol. The difference between DHEA and DHEAS is that DHEA has an extra sulfate molecule attached to it and 90% of the DHEA in the body exists as DHEA-S. However, this “sulfation” of DHEA into DHEA-S is inhibited by inflammation. Therefore, If you have high total DHEA production but low DHEA-S, it could be due to inflammation.
Reason 5: It tells you how you are processing your estrogen. Estrogen should be a “use it and lose it” hormone. The body has to get rid of spent estrogen. It does this primarily through the liver which sends it to the colon for removal. There are two phases of estrogen metabolism seen on this test. The first is the 2, 4 or 16 hydroxy estrone pathway. 70% of your estrogen should break down to 2-OH because this is the more protective estrogen metabolite.
Reason 6: Don’t forget about 4-OH and 16-OH. Those are the more proliferative (and potentially cancer-causing metabolites) of estrogen. We still need some, (they can never be zero), but they should not be too much over 10% and 20% respectively.
Reason 7: The test tells you how well you are “methylating” your estrogen. Methylation of estrogen is part of the second step in the estrogen detoxification process (there are other steps, such as glucuronidation, but this can only be viewed on a stool test). Methylation is a protective step which turn2 your 2-Hydroxy estrone into a 2-Methoxy estrone. This takes place in the liver, so this test is a somewhat indirect measurement of liver health as well
Reason 8: The test tells you what type of testosterone metabolites your body favors. Testosterone can break down into 5a-DHT or 5b-DHT. 5a-DHT is more “androgenic” or potent metabolite of testosterone and is responsible for things like acne, thinning head hair, excess body hair and is correlated in PCOS. If you have these issues and have what is called high 5a reductase activity, there are specific things that can be done to reduce this metabolite of testosterone, but you need to test in urine, such as the dry urine test, and not in saliva or blood
Reason 9: The test can tell you if you are estrogen dominant. Estrogen dominance is one of the most damaging hormone imbalances that modern women face today. It means that you don’t have enough progesterone to balance out your estrogen. Symptoms of estrogen dominance include PMS, migraines, heavy periods, moodiness. Estrogen dominance can sound a little misleading because it sounds as though you have too much estrogen. This is usually the case, but not always. You can be low estrogen and estrogen dominant and all that really means is that you have low estrogen and even lower progesterone. The test can tell you both…. what your total estrogen is and what your estrogen level relative to progesterone is. Both values are important in recovering from hormone imbalance.
Reason 10: The test checks on your levels of B6 and B12.