Saliva Hormone Testing and Diagnostics

Saliva testing is a diagnostic test to measure free steroid hormones. Saliva is a natural ultra-filtrate of blood, and steroids not bound by carrier proteins freely circulate in saliva. Since the concentration of carrier proteins in saliva is extremely low, measurements in saliva for the most part represent the free fraction of the hormone. The tests have great accuracy, are consistent, and provide detailed information on the hormone status of a patient. The patients, allowing them to collect saliva samples in the privacy of their own home, pick up test kits. Samples are then mailed back to the lab for evaluation, and the patient’s doctor or pharmacy receives results in a few business days.

Blood testing for women and men is another good way to measure your hormones. These tests are taken through your physician. Prices vary based on insurance.

Here are the following hormones that should be tested for women:

  •     Estradiol
  •     Progesterone
  •     TOTAL Testosterone
  •     FREE Testosterone
  •     DHEA-S
  •     FSH

IF dealing with chronic fatigue: TSH, T4, and Cortisol.

IF taking thyroid medication: FREE T3.

Here are the following hormones that should be tested for men:

  •     Estradiol
  •     Progesterone
  •     TOTAL Testosterone
  •     FREE Testosterone
  •     DHEA-S
  •     Cholesterol Panel
  •     CBC (Complete Blood Count) with Differential
  •     Hemoglobin
  •     Hematocrit
  •     PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen)

IF dealing with chronic fatigue: TSH, T4 and Cortisol (test at 8am & 4pm).
(Cortisol is used as a 2nd test for fatigue)

IF taking thyroid medication: FREE T3.