Available in Two, Five, or Eight Hormone Test Kits
Based on 4 Daily Samples Instead of One
- Accurately assesses your body's baseline hormone status
- Helps in devising an individualized hormone replacement plan
- Verifies effectiveness of your hormone replacement plan
- Reduces potentially harmful incorrect hormone use
- Results are an average based on four daily samples instead of just one
- Test results sent to you in a PDF file via e-mail
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Labrix saliva testing is an easy non-invasive way of assessing your hormone balance. This information allows you to supplement hormones according to a plan tailored for only you. Well-balanced hormones regulate everything from reproduction to emotions, general health and well-being. An imbalance of any one hormone can throw your physical and mental health out of balance, causing aggravating and even serious health problems.
Labrix uses one of the most advanced processes available for accurately assessing hormone levels in saliva. Labrix uses four saliva samples, timed throughout the day, for results that accurately reflect your hormonal status, as some hormones levels vary somewhat during the course of the day. Most other testing labs use just one saliva sample collected in the morning.
Two Hormone Saliva Test Kit
This is a good starting point for those who want a basic idea of their status with two key hormones. The two hormone test is also useful for people wanting to determine the effects of natural supplementation. Typically, women will want to test progesterone and estradiol (estrogen) while men will want to test both testosterone and estradiol.
If you are experiencing specific symptoms such as fatigue, low libido, erectile dysfunction, vaginal dryness, or incontinence, we recommend either the five or the eight hormone test.
Why is saliva used for testing?
Saliva has several obvious advantages over blood for testing of hormones. For example saliva:
- is simple to collect
- can be done in the privacy of your home under stress-free conditions
- can be collected at the optimal time of day
Blood, on the other hand:
- requires a specialist in blood collection procedures
- must be done at the hospital or clinic
- is stressful
- often cannot be collected at the proper time of day
But the most important reason is that saliva is the most accurate method of evaluating your hormone status. Only about 1-5% of the hormones in blood are in the unbound or "free" form. The remaining 95-99% are tightly bound to blood proteins. It is this unbound fraction of hormones that enters tissues throughout your body, including the salivary glands. Hence, salivary hormones are representative of the free or unbound hormones in blood that are "bioavailable" to tissues of your body.
Saliva testing is the most accurate method of evaluating your hormone status, including how hormone replacement therapy, topical hormone creams, diet, herbal therapy, and exercise influence your hormone levels.
Who should be tested?
- Men and women concerned with decreasing hormone levels as a result of age.
- Cycling women experiencing PMS symptoms, perhaps related to a hormonal imbalance.
- Peri and postmenopausal women concerned with their estradiol and progesterone levels for replacement considerations.
- Those wishing to monitor their hormone levels following replacement therapy (oral, sublingual or topical), and subsequently regulate their supplement levels.
- Anyone with symptoms involving fatigue, insomnia, stress, immunity problems, blood sugar problems, and overweight should be tested for cortisol levels as well as sex hormones.
Men and women of any age who are having symptoms of hormone imbalances should test for all hormones that may be associated with their symptoms.
Men and women over the age of forty may want to do a baseline test. Frequently imbalances will be detectable for a time period before symptoms gain attention.
How is the testing done?
Saliva collection is simple, non-invasive and can be performed in the privacy of your home.
- First, you order the Labrix hormone test kit of your choice from HerAnswer.com.Note: Please make sure to include your correct e-mail address on your order since your test results are returned to you via e-mail in a PDF file. This is the only method for you to receive your results.We do not send hard copies of test results via postal or ground services.
- The specimen collection kit is sent by US Mail, to your home.
- The kit contains instructions for saliva collection and four small plastic vials for collecting saliva throughout the day.
- You choose a convenient day for testing and follow the instructions. (You spit less than 1/2 teaspoon of saliva into a plastic vial in the morning, before lunch, before supper and at bedtime).
- Read the instructions thoroughly; not following these instructions may contaminate your samples and cause inaccurate results.
- Fill out the enclosed form and symptom survey. This survey is essential to provide accurate feedback.
- Mail the test kit back to the lab. (Hormones in saliva are stable for 7-10 days at room temperature, so shipment by regular US mail will not compromise saliva test results.)
- When the lab receives the specimen it will be tested using Enzyme Immuno Assay (EIA). This sensitive methodology insures accurate results.
- Your hormone test results will be sent by e-mail within 7 working days following receipt of the sample.
You will receive a report with your test results via e-mail. Click here to view a sample report.
The report you receive may include some basic recommendations based on the test results and the symptom survey. However, if you want further recommendations or advice, you will need to consult with a medical professional.
HerAnswer.com cannot give medical advice.
When should I do saliva testing?
- Testing your baseline levels before beginning hormone supplementation is essential to regaining hormone balance.
- It is helpful to test on a day that represents a normal daily schedule.
- Men may test on any day.
- For women still having menstrual periods: test between day 19 and 21 of their menstrual cycle. Count the 1st day of your period as day 1.
- If you are cycling irregularly, make your best guess for testing 4 to 5 days after ovulation. If you are so irregular that a guess is not practical, then test any time that you not flowing. Irregular menstrual cycles are usually indicative of hormone imbalances that will be picked up by the saliva testing.
- If you have regular, but short, cycles (every 2 weeks or so), test 5 days before your period.
- For women NOT still having menstrual periods: test on any day
Note: For men or women on oral or topical hormone replacement therapy it is imperative to allow between 12 and 24 hours from the most recent dose to sample collection. Whereas, if you are on troche or sublingual hormone replacement therapy allow a minimum of 36 hours between the most recent dosage and sample collection. If you wish to test your baseline levels (your own hormone production) you will need to be off of hormones for a minimum of 5 to 7 days.
Do I need to retest after starting hormones?
Baseline testing should be done before any hormone replacement therapy is initiated. A retest within 2 months after starting replacement therapy is recommended to evaluate its effectiveness. This will verify that you have the optimal treatment approach. Once hormone balance has been achieved testing once a year is sufficient.
I live in New York. Can you test my saliva?
Is a saliva test beneficial for women taking birth control pills?
What is a suggestion for these women who do not intend to stop taking the pill but show symptoms of low progesterone and testosterone? The saliva test can be beneficial for anyone using hormones and/or contraceptives. It is not uncommon for saliva testing to identify hormonal imbalances in women using contraceptives. A suggestion for a woman using contraceptives with symptoms of low progesterone and testosterone might be to test these two hormones to identify whether an imbalance exists and to what extent. When testing progesterone it is important to test estradiol at the same time to establish a ratio. Saliva test results could then serve as a guideline to help the patient and healthcare provider adjust the dosage of hormone in the birth control pill accordingly.
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