Saliva testing may reveal hormone imbalances that can lead to hormone conditions or chronic health problems. Saliva testing is painless and can be done in the comfort and privacy of your own home. The specimens are then mailed to a laboratory.
Saliva yields a direct measure of free, bioavailable steroid hormones that have escaped the blood and made their way to the cells lining the salivary duct. This means saliva testing measures hormones that have been delivered to tissues: the bioavailable hormone. Saliva is currently the test method that can detect hormones on blood cells, which is how hormones appear to be transported when through the skin. Saliva hormone levels are an excellent measure of tissue levels of hormone because hormones have to pass through tissue to get into saliva.
The cost of saliva testing varies according to the number of hormones being tested. We will consult with you to determine exactly which hormones should be tested – involving a symptom assessment. The saliva kits which we provide will include collection instructions, a test requisition form (which we can complete), tubes for collecting the saliva samples and a mailing bag.
We will use both the results of the saliva test as well as your overall clinical picture, in collaboration with your physician, to develop a plan of action that best suits your unique requirements.
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Blood levels provide a way of monitoring hormone levels in particular phases of the menstrual cycle. Blood testing can be divided into two categories: serum testing and whole blood. Serum testing is performed in a lab by drawing blood and the watery yellow serum is separated out and sent for analysis. Serum testing measures total hormone: the protein-bound form plus the free form. Whole blood testing is usually done by a finger prick and allowing the blood to dry on a filter paper. Blood spot primarily measures capillary blood from the finger tips, unlike venous blood drawn from the arm. Capillary blood contains nutrients, hormones and oxygen to feed the tissues, whereas venous blood is partially spent of these components and is returning to the heart, lungs and gastrointestinal tract to pick up more. Capillary blood is what feeds the cells of your body and hormones detected in this blood reflect a more accurate assessment of hormone levels
Blood spot testing is a minimally invasive method that allows for routine monitoring and adjustment of hormone and supplementation as needed. The Blood Spot kits which we provide will include collection instructions, a test requisition form (which we can complete), a lancing device for collecting the sample and a mailing bag.
For more information on blood testing, please call us at (416) 656 9800. To learn more about our consultation services, click here