Most health providers understand the value of establishing baseline hormone levels when creating an individualized treatment plan that includes bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

Two important questions then arise:

  • Once treatment is initiated, which hormones should be monitored and how often?

Hormones tested in Saliva:

The major sex hormones to assess are estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone. The main adrenal hormones are DHEA and cortisol. These five hormones will provide crucial information about deficiencies, excesses and daily patterns, which then result in a specifically tailored treatment approach and one far more beneficial than the old “shotgun" approach. Below is a brief description of each of these five hormones:

Testing and monitoring your health from your own home is now a widely accepted practice. Home testing saves you a trip to a doctor or test facility and gives you the flexibility to collect multiple samples over a 24-hour period.

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin and pro-hormone that exists in several different forms.

Ergocalciferol (Vitamin D2) is not produced in the body and comes from plant sources whereas cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3) is found in cold-water fish such as salmon, mackerel, and sardines, is fortified in milk and is manufactured in the skin with adequate exposure to the suns UVB rays.