There is no ideal method for assessment of steroid hormones. Blood, saliva, and urine each have their advantages and disadvantages. Most conventional hormone tests are unable to get a holistic picture of a patient’s hormone levels because hormone levels vary throughout the day and also because important hormones like estriol and androstanediol are missing or inaccurate in serum and saliva hormone tests. For these reasons a 24-hour urine sample is most accurate because it takes into account daily variability (circadian fluctuation) in hormone levels.
For women, if you are experiencing symptoms from menopause, PMS, or suspect there may be imbalance in your monthly cycle consider testing. For men, often times the earliest signs of low testosterone and hormone imbalance is low energy or changes in mood, and tendency to gain weight.
Chronic stress seems to pervade most people’s lives which can affect our adrenal health and resultant hormonal balance. Additionally, there are numerous environmental factors that can also lead to imbalances in testosterone. Men who suffer from prostate cancer, alopecia (baldness), impotence and changes in libido, and formation of male breasts may be a result of hormonal imbalance. In many cases, men who have nagging injuries, changes in mood and energy may also have hormone imbalance.
There are numerous medical conditions that can result from having an imbalance of hormones. In women, some common examples include hypothyroidism, weight gain, PMS, and various gynecological complaints including fibroids, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and even some cancers. During menopause symptoms of estrogen deficiency include hot flashes, headaches, mood changes, and low libido. Hormone balancing improves PMS symptoms such as bloating and weight gain, mood swings, sleep disturbance, painful cramping, and headache.