Comprehensive Hormone Testing Sample
Identifying hormone imbalances
Hormone testing and evaluation varies between providers and clinics. Between hormone blood, saliva and urine testing, which tests are best to help you identify a potential hormone imbalance?
As a naturopathic physician and a functional medicine practitioner, I rely on comprehensive testing to help guide my decision making and treatment plan. I also don’t rely on just one set of labs. This is a sample of a test that I use in my practice to help identify potential hormone imbalance. The hormones that are tested include:
A very important point to consider is that this test is great to do when first evaluating hormone levels. When you start doing any sort of hormone treatment whether botanical, glandular, supplemental or bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, you can use other forms of testing such blood. In terms of saliva testing, I only use this form of testing when testing cortisol only. Although urine testing is not known to be the standard for testing thyroid hormones, I have compared both urine and blood thyroid levels and they seem to correlate to each other. Furthermore, a blood test may show that the levels are fine (while thyroid hormone fluctuates throughout the day!), but the patient will present with classical symptoms of thyroid dysfunction which the urine test can confirm.
Signs of a hormone imbalance include:
Weight gain or weight loss
Increased adipose tissue around the abdomen
Sweet or salt cravings
Wired but tired feeling
“Second wind” at night
Hormone imbalances can happen with age, due to prolonged illness, sudden weight loss or weight gain and also due to environmental causes including work/life imbalance, toxin exposure and poor nutrition.
Talk to your provider about your options when it comes to hormone testing, treatment and most importantly if this is something that can help you take your health to next level or improve your quality of life.
Dr. Elena Zinkov, ND
Dr. Elena specializes in gut health, women’s health, weight loss, nutrient injectables, and offers unique chronic pain treatments at Proactive Health, A Naturopathic Clinic. She's the author of Crave Reset and founder of Crave Reset: Ultimate Craving Control, nutritional support for food cravings, mood, weight management, and hormone balance.