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Benefits of Testing Hormone Levels at Home

Monitoring and testing your health in your own home is now a widely-accepted practice.  Home Testing saves you a trip to a test facility, and gives you the flexibility to collect multiple samples over a 24-hour day.

Home Testing is rapidly being deployed by physicians, hospitals, and health providers to cut down costs and take advantage of emerging technologies in laboratory efficiency. These tests are readily available to the public. You can order them directly as you need, or as recommended by your physician.

Detecting Hormone Imbalance with Hormone Level Home Testing

Here are some reasons to consider selecting a Hormone Level Home Self-Test:

  • Feeling not quite right, or out of sorts, or not entirely yourself might be symptoms of a hormone imbalance or dysfunction even though you are watching your diet, sleep, exercise, and getting good results from regular medical check-ups.
  • You know of pre-existing risk factors and want to test their effect on your body. Risk factors may include high blood pressure, elevated glucose, smoking, obesity, physical inactivity, hereditary concerns, elevated triglycerides.
  • Recently recovered from a condition that requires periodic testing and evaluation. Recovery may include some congenital, cancer, gland, or organ conditions.
  • You know that you have been exposed to environmentally toxic substances or hormone-mimicking substances and would like an assessment of your hormone levels.

A Hormone Level Home Self-Test in the privacy of your own home is an easy way to get peace of mind. You can put yourself on a course towards good health—often naturally and without drugs.

Consider Hormone Level Home Self-Tests Before and During a Treatment Program

  • Establish a baseline before entering into a program of hormone supplementation.
  • Confirm that hormone supplementation is working.
  • Help confirm a medical diagnosis that may be hormone related.

What are Home Hormone Level Self-Tests ?

Home Self-Tests for reporting hormone levels are a convenient way to have your testing done at home, and the results sent to you, directly by email. You can take these results to the health practitioners of your choice  to discuss and develop a personal health program that makes sense based on your results.

As laboratory technology has advanced, determining hormone levels with home hormone testing has become more available, offering a larger variety of testing options. They are as accurate as the lab tests you have when you visit a "lab draw" facility, hospital, or at your doctor's office and additionally has the beneft of saving you time and money. 

Gone are the days when every test required drawing large vials of blood serum from your arm. Testing that relies on blood drawn in the doctor's office makes it harder to obtain samples at specific times (such as in the early morning) or multiple times a day.

The advantage of Homone Level Home Self-Tests is the flexibility to collect samples in any combination of specimen and clock intervals. Instead of vials of blood serum, small amounts of specimen are collected by you at home. Depending on the test, a specimen may be collected from your saliva, a tiny blood-spot from your finger, urine, or other forms.

There are literally thousands of different home self-tests available from respected laboratories around the globe.  Requests by healthcare providers have caused laboratories to develop new tests and they have been introducing scientific breakthroughs every week.

For the purposes of this website, we offer Home Self-Tests that test your hormone levels and neurotransmitter levels and their interaction with each other.  That's where we started.  Scientists now realize that just evaluating hormone levels is not enough.  They began creating ways of testing factors downstream and upstream from the actual process of hormone manufacturing and regulation.

We offer you modernized tests that are engineered with current day science.  When testing your hormone levels, modern saliva and blood spot test profiles can detect so much more.  They can analyze genetic markers (the very recent benefits of the human genome project), detect mineral deficiencies that inhibit uptake of hormones by your glands, determine if you have the right level of proteins that carry your hormones around making them bio-available.

What are Hormones?

Hormones are chemicals produced by cells and glands. They give messages to other cells or other glands, and influence the processes of your body—altering the way your body functions and feels. A small amount of hormone can have a big effect on your body. 

How Are Comprehensive Hormone Level Test Profiles Beneficial?

By bundling many tests together into a group of tests, called a Comprehensive Hormone Test Profile or Comprehensive Panel, you get:

  • the advantage of a lower price for the bundle than for the sum of the individual tests together, and,
  • by combining multiple specimen's of saliva and blood spot collection materials into an all-in-one kit, you receive a single, economical method to assess overall hormonal status in one comprehensive report,
  • allows you to collect hormones from the three major glandular systems—reproductive, thyroid, and adrenal—on the same day at the optimal times for a "better picture" of the hormone imbalances that are causing symptoms, avoiding the costly mistake of treating a secondary hormonal imbalance caused by an abnormality in only one of the glands (e.g., low libido caused by low testosterone)
  • that some symptoms overlap between glands, and a comprehensive profile will help isolate which gland is out of normal range.

On the other hand, individual tests are an excellent means of tracking a known problem that has been previously isolated and now requires ongoing monitoring.

Comprehensive Hormone Test Profiles are an excellent way to isolate a problem from symptoms that can be caused by several glands.  The adrenal, thyroid, and reproductive hormones work in harmony.  When one or more of the hormones become unbalanced, this affects the balance of the whole system. Symptoms common to hormonal imbalances in the endocrine systems are seen as the body struggles to maintain balance, but does not succeed.

When patients have hormone-related symptoms, it is usually not a clear-cut case of one hormone level being abnormal, or even one hormone system.

The role hormones play as chemical messengers to wake up the genome in specific target tissues throughout the body, explains why all hormone systems work in concert with each other to maintain a state of balance.

Without an overall picture of which hormone systems are affected, it is often difficult to know the best clinical course of action for correcting the imbalance.

 

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