This saliva test measures the following hormone levels:
Keeping levels of all four hormones at optimal levels is important to overall health and well-being.
Although estradiol is found in both men and women, it is the predominant sex hormone found in women. Also called E2, it is the major estrogen in humans, impacting reproduction, sexual function, bone health, nerves, metabolism and heart health.
Progesterones primary function in women is to help the lining of the uterus accept a fertilized egg, so it spikes during ovulation. It also helps regulate menstruation because if the egg is not fertilized, progesterone levels will decrease, and menstruation will begin.
The progesterone saliva test is helpful for several reasons. It can help find the cause of infertility and monitor the effectiveness of infertility treatments. Measuring progesterone levels can help determine when the woman is ovulating and determine the optimal time for conception. The test can even assess a womans risk of having a miscarriage. Abnormal levels of progesterone can also indicate problems with the adrenal glands and certain cancers.
Balancing estrogen and progesterone levels is a key component of well-being. When progesterone levels dip, women may experience decreased sleep, increased anxiety, imbalanced blood sugar and loss of bone density. When estrogen levels are higher than progesterone levels, women may experience health issues, including weight gain, cancer, fibroids, cysts, osteoporosis and depression. Monitoring and balancing progesterone and estrogen levels with a progesterone supplementation can help control these health concerns.
Testosterone is a steroid hormone and a sex hormone primarily produced in the ovaries of women and in small amounts by the adrenal gland. This hormone is the principal steroid that repairs and regenerates healthy tissues, attributing to muscle health, increased bone density and increased hair growth. Healthy levels of testosterone are needed for general health and well-being, as research has shown the relationship between decreased levels and age-related diseases like osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes and decreased sex drive.
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a steroid hormone produced in the adrenal cortex and secreted primarily by the adrenal glands. The body uses cholesterol to produce DHEA, which the body can then convert into testosterone or estrogen. IF DHEA levels are low, the body will not be able to produce adequate estrogen or testosterone. Therefore, it is important to check this hormone in conjunction with estrogen and testosterone to pinpoint the cause of abnormal levels.
DHEA-sulfate (DHEA-S) is an indicator of heart health. Those with optimal levels have a lower risk of death and cardiovascular disease. In fact, low levels of DHEA-S are linked to a shorter life span, while higher levels are linked with longer life spans. DHEA-S also helps to reduce oxidative stress and protects diabetics against damaging effects from high blood sugar. Individuals with increased levels of DHEA-S may have congenital adrenal hyperplasia, adrenal carcinoma, polycystic ovary syndrome or a tumor on the adrenal gland.
How it works: We mail the collection kit to the address you provide at checkout. After you follow the specimen collection instructions, simply mail the sample in the return envelope provided. Remember, saliva for this profile should be collected in the morning when levels are at their highest.
After the lab receives the sample, results will be ready in about a week. You will receive the report by email in a PDF. Be sure to include your email address at checkout.