The Dutch test stands for Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones. It addresses all of the issues that can’t be accurately identified through blood work. Blood and serum results won’t tell us whether your body is effectively breaking down hormones.
If not broken down properly these hormones will stimulate or inhibit hormone receptors throughout your body. You may also be re-circulating hormones that should have been removed from your body to begin with.
These tests won’t tell you if the balance of estrogen and progesterone is normal. Estrogen dominance is an example of a common problem that causes hormone imbalance symptoms (PMS, heavy or irregular periods, mood swings etc).
Also, hormone symptoms may be related to adrenal hormone issues. The DUTCH test will tell us whether or not the adrenal gland is directly involved. It looks at cortisol rhythm, estrogen and testosterone metabolism and 9 key hormone levels.
The DUTCH test can offer you a complete picture of how the adrenal and female reproductive hormones are working (or not working) together. You can learn about the level of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels compared to blood.
If you suffer from fatigue or sleep issues, checking adrenal hormone levels and their rhythm can more effectively guide treatment.
If you are on hormone replacement therapy, you can more accurately monitor levels and figure out how to adjust your therapy to make it safer and more effective.
You can check if the balance between estrogen and progesterone is shifted, a condition known as estrogen dominance. This is a common cause of premenopausal issues like PMS, and irregular cycles.
It worsens menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, and weight gain. It can be the cause of fibroids, endometriosis, PCOS, ovarian cysts, infertility and miscarriage.
You can see if you are metabolizing or “breaking down” estrogen correctly. If your liver is not metabolizing estrogen effectively, you can develop severe hormone imbalance symptoms, but you could also be putting yourself at risk for estrogen-related cancers like breast, uterine and ovarian cancer.
Low testosterone and DHEA levels can be responsible for feelings of fatigue, weight gain, low libido, painful joints and muscles, bone loss and mood issues like depression and anxiety.
If you have sleep issues you can correct low melatonin levels or determine if supplementing with melatonin is necessary.
Once we figure out the exact imbalances in your hormones, we can structure a program suited to your needs, including the right nutrients, supplements and/or hormone therapy to support your needs, exercise and stress reduction techniques.
Fee varies, contact us for details. This test is not covered by your insurance.
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