Estrogen Dominance Test
With the Estrogen Dominance Test we use 3 saliva samples to meassure:
1.) Progesterone (1x)
2.) Estradiol (1x)
This type of test is recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for the determination of hormones.
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Who should take the test?
Are you suffering from painful menstruation? Concerned about depressive moods? The concentration of the female sex hormones (estrogen and progesterone) is essential for a problem free menstrual cycle.
Estrogen dominance affects women of all ages. It may occur after coming off the pill as well as during the menopause. As a healthy balance between estrogen and progesterone is important for female well-being, it is crucial to determine not only the absolute values of each hormone, but the ratio of estrogen to pogesterone, when dealing with estrogen dominance.
The test analyzes the morning values of the following hormones:
- - Estradiol
- - Progesterone
Our Estrogen Dominance Test gives you information about the ratio of estrogen to progesterone in your body and allows you to identify the underlying cause for your complaints.
How does it work?
You collect the samples at home, send them back to us and we will provide you with your level of each hormone and whether your level falls within the reference ranges for your age. In addition to that, the results include graphs showing whether your are in the "green" (=normal/healthy) or "red" (=too high/low) area, making it easy to understand the results.
What will my results tell me?
Your results will provide detailed information about whether your estradiol and progesterone levels are normal, low, or high compared to reference ranges in your age group. You can then discuss the results with your doctor or health practitioner, who can give you further guidance and treatment recommendations.
What guidance will I get along with my results?
We always recommend the discussion of the mailed results with your doctor or practitioner. Besides, further information is available on our website, especially in the different test categories and the FAQs. Still have questions? Then you can contact us by phone at +49 (0) 40 537976957 or mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the Estrogen Dominance Test we analyse:
Estradiol and Progesterone
What are these hormones for?
Estradiol and Progesterone
Estrogens are the most important of the female sex hormones. Estrogen is actually made up of a group of hormones, but Estradiol is biologically the most active during the fertile years of women.
It is responsible for:
-The development of the female body, from girl to woman
-The monthly regeneration and protection of the endometrium (womb)
-The elasticity of the blood vessels
-Radiant skin and healthy hair
-Moist eyes and mucous membranes
-Clear thinking processes
-Stabilisation of moods
Progesterone is produced by the ovaries shortly after ovulation in order to prepare the uterus for a possible pregnancy and to protect the mucous lining of the uterus. Together with Estrogen, the most important of the female sex hormones, progesterone regulates the menstrual cycle.
The sensitive balance between estrogen and progesterone
Estrogen values tend to fluctuate throughout a woman’s lifetime, not just during the menstrual cycle. The strength of these fluctuations is different for each individual and the body reacts to them with different symptoms. It is not just a deficiency in Estrogen that can cause physical complaints: an excess, or Estrogen dominance, can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms, such as water retention, nausea, depressive moods, tiredness, listlessness, lack of concentration, anxiety, breast sensitivity, cysts and fibroids, painful menstruation, and weight gain.
Although it may sound contradictory, an Estrogen dominance can occur at the same time as an Estrogen deficiency due to the fine, coordinated balance between Estrogen and progesterone. The Estrogen levels define how much progesterone is needed. An Estrogen dominance can occur if the body is not producing enough progesterone for the level of Estrogen. This means it can also occur if the body is not producing enough Estrogen (Estrogen deficiency) if the body is also not producing the relative amount of progesterone.
Therefore, in the case of an Estrogen deficiency it is important to not only determine the absolute values of the individual hormones, but also the ratio of Estrogen to progesterone.
- Water retention
- Weight gain
- Sensitive breasts
- Fatigue or feeling tired
- Concentration difficulties
- Painful menstruation
Before the saliva collection
-Only conduct the saliva test on a day which matches the time schemes for the sample collection.
-We strongly advise patients with gum diseases and gingivitis against using a saliva test.
-Always make sure to thoroughly wash your hands when using hormone creams. Due to the sensitivity of the saliva test we advise wearing disposable gloves for the collection of the samples.
-Please pay attention to the following time requirements referring to the examination of the hormones DHEA, progesterone, estradiol, estriol and testosterone.
Collecting time for women:
-With regular menstruation: On the 19th - 21st day of the cycle (calculated from the first day of the menstruation)
-With irregular menstruation: 5 days before the expected menstruation
-Without menstruation: Any day of the month
-With contraceptives that determine a 21 day cycle with a 7 day pause: In the first two weeks (calculated from the first day of taking the pill)
-With contraceptives that determine a long-term cycle: Any day of the month
Collecting time for men: Any day of the month
Two to five days before the collection
-From now on please swallow all sublingual hormones such as drops, pastilles and so on directly – and do not allow to remain in the mouth under any circumstances.
-Please stop the use of any hormonol gels or creams 48 hours before the sample collection.
12 to 24 hours before the collection
-Please refrain from the intake of all hormones, in the form of tablets and capsules, 12 hours before the collection of the samples (exception: contraceptive pill).
-No dental measures should be undertaken up to 24 hours beforehand.
-Please do not consume any alcohol as well as sour and very sugary food products from now on.
-The last consumption of animal products should be at least 12 hours before the saliva collection.
On the day of the collection:
-Please do not brush your teeth before collecting the saliva.
-Do not eat any chocolate, onions, garlic, or cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, as well as milk or egg products.
-If you are collecting the saliva over the day then please adopt to a vegetarian diet.
-Do not drink coffee, tea or other caffeinated beverages.
-Please do not smoke.
During the last 60 minutes before the collection:
-Please do not consume any more meals or liquids (apart from water); please do not consume any more milk products.
-Sublingual hormones are only to be used after a successful collection of the saliva.
-10 minutes before the saliva collection the mouth should be throughly rinsed with water and be completely empty at least 5 minutes before the collection. This step may be ignored when collecting the sample at 2 am or when collecting directly after getting up.
-The mouth should not contain any leftovers from food or drink.
Daytime scheme for obtaining samples
All samples are to be collected on the same day!
Saliva sample 1: Directly after waking up
Saliva sample 2: 30 minutes after waking up
Saliva sample 3: 1 hour after waking up
During the saliva collection
1. Please label all the sample containers as well as the enclosed sample dispatch note with your first and last name, the date as well as the time of the saliva sample collection.
2. Please take one straw and the sample container out of the packaging. Put the straw in your mouth and use it to transport the saliva into the sample container.
3. Fill the sample container at least half way (preferably ¾), not including the foam. If you have collected too much foam then lightly tap against the sample container so that the foam can separate itself from the saliva liquid.
4. Check whether the sample has taken on a red colouring. If so, then this most likely is blood (for example due to bleeding gums), which would falsify the results. In this case, please dispose the sample, rinse the sample container with tap water and collect another sample (colourless) after 5 – 10 minutes.
5. Now close the lid of the sample container. Dispose the saliva tube in your household trash.
6. Place the sample in the delivered protective bag (clear bag with blue border). Then place everything together with the enclosed sample dispatch note in the grey plastic envelope and seal it.
You can leave the saliva sample stored in the refrigerator until dispatch.
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Questions about the saliva test
- My cycle is so irregular that I can not determine when being about one week before the menstruation.
- I would like to do the test on a Friday/weekend, but in the instructions it is written that you should send the samples only at the beginning of the week.
- How long can you store or use saliva samples?
- What is the difference between a hormone saliva test and a blood hormone test, and why can the results vary widely?
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How long does it take for my order to arrive?
We process orders on a daily basis (apart from weekends and public holidays). It usually takes around 3-5 days until your testkit arrives.
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I want to cancel my order.
The withdrawal period from the purchase of all our items is 2 weeks from the receipt of the goods. Please inform us via mail about the desired cancellation and note the following information: Laboratory analyzes can only be canceled if the analysis has not yet been carried out.
How long will it take to receive my findings?
From the day the sample arrives in our laboratory, it takes:
- saliva tests 2 weeks
- stool tests 2-3 weeks
until the findings are completed.
If you have not received your report after this deadline, please contact us. Please understand that we can not speed up the processing of your sample.
How do I get my findings?
You will receive your findings via mail.
Can I get advice for my test result? Can you tell me what remedy to take?
For legal reasons, our findings do not include individualized therapy recommendations.
If you have any questions regarding the understanding of your findings, please contact our laboratory team.
I forgot to put the sample dispatch note in the package when sending the sample back.
Please send us the completed and signed dispatch note, preferably by mail to email@example.com. Unfortunately, we can not complete your sample without a dispatch note.
I take medication. Can this affect the outcome?
That depends on the test you want to carry out and the medications you are taking. In case of doubt, please ask your doctor regarding the areas that are influenced by the medication prescribed by him and do not stop taking your medication without consulting him.
My cycle is so irregular that I can not determine when being about one week before the menstruation.
If you can estimate when you are going to be in the second cycle phase, the test should be carried out in this second cycle phase.
If that also can not be assessed, samples can be taken on any day. However, in this case we can not classify whether progesterone and estradiol are in the normal range as this is dependent on the cycle phase.
I would like to do the test on a Friday/weekend,
but in the instructions it is written that you should send the samples only at the beginning of the week.
It is best to store the samples in the fridge or freezer and send them out next Monday. So they do not stay at the post office over the weekend.
How long can you store or use saliva samples?
In principle, it is recommended to send the samples back as soon as possible after collection. In the refrigerator the samples last several weeks, frozen they even last months. Samples that are being transported for a longer time can still be used up to two weeks after collection.
What is the difference between a hormone saliva test and a blood hormone test, and why can the results vary widely?
Hormone saliva tests and blood hormone tests are two different test types. In contrast to saliva tests, blood tests are unable to differentiate the protein-bound (inactive) from the freely available and active hormones and thus give an approximate value.Therefore, the results of saliva tests and blood tests are not comparable with each other.
Measuring bio-available, free hormones
In comparison to the measurement of the bound, biological, inactive steroid hormones in blood, the determination of the steroid hormones using a salivary hormone test has the following essential advantages. When using saliva for the determination of the hormones, the free bio-available proportion of the hormones is measured. This is the part of the hormones that is not attached to proteins and which can be actively used by our cells, for example in the brain, the uterus or skin.
Easy sample collection without supervision
The collection of the saliva sample is neither restricted by a certain place, nor by the consultation hours of your doctor, meaning you can collect the samples everywhere (at home, at work, under way). Hormones are periodically released in bigger amounts over the course of the day and are subject to daytime fluctuations, making it sensible to take mixed samples at different times during the day to obtain an average value.
In comparison to blood tests the saliva samples have a high stability because the accuracy of the results is not manipulated by being stored over several days (about a week) or by room temperature. In the refrigerator or the freezer the durability of the samples is extended by weeks (refrigerator) or months (freezer). Blood, on the other hand, must be cooled and sent to the laboratory as soon as possible. To avoid a reproduction of the bacteria, the saliva samples should be stored in the refrigerator or freezer until dispatch. A continuous freezing and thawing of the samples has no effect.
Due to a non-invasive sample collection, patients experience neither pain nor stress, in contrast to a blood test, where the puncturing of a vein is necessary.
Consequently, the negative associations, such as the fear of needles or seeing blood, and pain or bruises (hematomas), involved with the puncture of the needle are completely eliminated.
This particularly is an advantage when dealing with children, young or frightened patients. Due to the non-invasive sample collection (no puncturing with needles necessary!) no medical assistance is needed.
Flexbility & Round-the-clock collection
Due to the temporal and spatial independence of the sample collection, the saliva sample can be collected at times that may have posed problems with the collection of blood samples, for example several times a day or at night. The salivary hormone test eases the creation of daily, nightly or monthly profiles. In this case the samples can be collected several times a day (for example for the recording of the daily rhythmic fluctuations of cortisol) or daily over a month (e.g, estradiol and progesterone over the monthly cycle in the case of a pre-menstrual syndrome).
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