Hormone Testing

There are different hormone tests available depending on your health concerns and the stage of your reproductive life. Dr. Nicola will select the hormone test that is best for you.

Functional Adrenal Stress Profile (BioHealth Diagnostics) – this saliva test measures cortisol and DHEA, two of the major hormones put out by the adrenal glands. Checking cortisol and DHEA levels enables us to see how stress is impacting the body, and can provide clues as to other health issues in the body. Fluctuations in these hormones impact reproductive hormones.

Functional Adrenal Stress Profile V (BioHealth Diagnostics) – as well as cortisol and DHEA, the expanded Adrenal Stress Profile also measures estrogens (estradiol and estriol), progesterone and melatonin. This test can be used for a post-menopausal woman who is no longer cycling, as her hormone levels will not vary greatly from day-to-day.

3 Day Female Hormone Panel (BioHealth Diagnostics) – measures estradiol, progesterone and testosterone on each of three days and DHEA-S on one of the days. It can be used to establish baseline levels of sex hormones and also to monitor the efficacy of adjunctive hormone therapies. This panel is chosen over the 1 day sample for women is early menopause who are no longer cycling but who’s hormones may still fluctuate day-to-day.

Expanded Pre-menopausal Hormone Panel (BioHealth Diagnostics) – saliva samples are collected every other day throughout the cycle, allowing for a map of the entire cycle to be analysed for estrogen and progesterone levels, timing of events etc. This test would be chosen for a pre-menopausal woman who is still cycling and experiencing issues such as PMS or infertility.

Male Hormone Panel (BioHealth Diagnostics) – this is a blood test to assess testosterone, free testosterone, DHEA-S and estradiol. It is ideal for men who are experiencing hormone-related symptoms due to a decline in hormone levels around their 40’s and 50’s.