As hormones play an important role in maintaining health, the assessment of hormone levels can help identify the cause of many health related conditions. In both men and women adequate levels of a number of hormones are necessary for optimal health wellbeing.
The family of sex hormones, which includes oestrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA-S and cortisol, support a wide range of essential psychological functions. Variation in these hormones plays a large role in the changes seen in life cycle events such as pregnancy, menopause and ageing.
Baseline measurement of hormone levels in saliva provides an accurate assessment of menstrual irregularities for younger women, climacteric changes in peri and post menopausal women and andropause changes in men.
Many factors contribute to altered hormone levels. These include environmental factors, such as chemical exposure and pesticides, lifestyle factors including smoking, alcohol, lack of exercise, poor diet and specific conditions such as infertility, endometriosis, enlarged prostate, etc.
Saliva testing is non-invasive and designed so that the client collects the specimen(s) in the privacy of his or her home. Clients are sent a test kit with easy to follow instructions for saliva collection.