Hormone tests

Pinpointing the imbalances that keep you from feeling your best.

Hormones are your body’s chemical messengers. Produced by your endocrine system, they play a crucial role in your body’s growth, development, metabolism, sexual function and reproduction. An endocrine disorder can cause an imbalance in your hormones, which can significantly impact your physical and mental health.

Signs of hormonal imbalance include fatigue, weight gain or loss, reduced sex drive, blood sugar problems, sleep issues such as those from hot flushes at menopause, depression, changes in heart rate, blood pressure, brittle bones, anxiety, mood swings, heavy, painful or irregular periods, premenstrual syndrome, and infertility.

Hormonal imbalances can keep you from feeling your best at any stage of life. Our extensive range of hormone tests can help to pinpoint imbalances. Based on your results, our naturopaths can recommend targeted treatment to rebalance your hormones and restore your wellbeing.

This highly recommended DUTCH hormone test draws on the most accurate and precise techniques available to offer the most extensive profile of sex and adrenal hormones, their metabolites, melatonin, 8-OHdG (an oxidative stress marker), and the daily (diurnal) pattern of free cortisol and metabolites of cortisol.

Female DUTCH Complete: Particularly beneficial for women’s hormone-related issues, this dried urine test measures estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and its conversion into the estrogens, and estrogen detoxification. It can indicate DNA damage from oxidative stress, often caused by toxic estrogen forms, and measure brain neurotransmitter levels that may indicate stress or mood disorders. It also shows indicators of crucial vitamins B6 and B12, and indirectly measures glutathione levels.

Male DUTCH Complete: A unique feature of the men’s DUTCH complete test is that it can show whether or not testosterone is being metabolised safely. This dried urine test also measures estrogens and dihydrotestosterone (DHT) to indicate prostrate-related risks, and brain neurotransmitter levels in the urine, which may indicate stress or mood disorders. It also shows indicators of crucial vitamins B6 and B12, and indirectly measures glutathione levels.

Cost: $3650

Sample Report: Male | Female

Understand your stress response to health issues including premenstrual symptoms (PMS), menopause, and mood swings in women, hair loss, sleeping troubles, low libido, depression, fatigue, and weight gain in men and women. Using dried urine samples, this test provides free cortisol patterns that parallel saliva with the addition of metabolite measurements for an improved marker for total cortisol production. By understanding your stress response, your naturopath can create a targeted plan to improve your adrenal health/ brain signalling and regulate stress response.

Cost: $2350

Sample Report: Male | Female

Measure your Cortisol Awakening Response (CAR) for advanced insight into your stress response and adrenal function. While you may have “normal” free cortisol levels throughout the day, this doesn’t always mean everything is functioning properly. Your Hypothalamus Pituitary Adrenal axis (HPA) might not be appropriately responding when faced with a stressor. The DUTCH Plus® adds salivary measurements of CAR to the DUTCH Complete™ to bring another important piece of the HPA axis into focus.

A low or blunted CAR may be linked to an underactive HPA axis, excessive psychological burnout, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), sleep issues, trauma (PTSD), chronic fatigue, chronic pain and autoimmune diseases. An elevated Cortisol Awakening Response may be linked to over-reactive stress response from the HPA axis, excessive work or pressures, blood sugar dysregulation, pain upon waking, and depression.

Cost: $2650

Sample Report: Male | Female

Mapping your progesterone and oestrogen pattern throughout your menstrual cycle can provide comprehensive answers to questions around month-long symptoms, infertility, PCOS and migraines.

Over a month’s cycle, 25 urine samples are collected on cards. Nine targeted oestrogen and progesterone measurements are taken throughout the cycle to characterize the follicular, ovulatory and luteal phases.

This test is not needed for women who are postmenopausal, on birth control, or that have cycles that follow the expected pattern. It is suitable for women who have had a partial hysterectomy (no uterus, but ovaries are intact).

Cost: $4300

Sample Report

Test for gene variants known to impact how your oestrogen is metabolised with a buccal (cheek) swab. This test covers 11 genes involved in oestrogen biosynthesis, oestrogen metabolism, and phase I and phase II detoxification.

Oestrogen affects the function of a multiple target tissues. In fact, research shows an increased lifetime exposure to oestrogen is a strong risk factor in the development of breast cancer.

This test is highly recommended for men or women with a strong family history of breast, ovarian, colon or prostate cancer; women who suffer from oestrogen-dominant conditions; and women who are considering oral contraceptives, hormone replacement therapy, bio-identical hormone supplementation or in vitro fertilisation (IVF).

By identifying the level of impact of any genetic variants on oestrogen metabolism, your IMI practitioner can recommend appropriate nutritional and lifestyle recommendations to support healthy oestrogen metabolism.

Cost: $2550

Sample Report

A complete evaluation of your thyroid gland function will help to diagnose thyroid disorders such as hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, thyroid nodules, thyroid cancer and Hashimoto’s disease.

Weight gain, dry skin, constipation, cold intolerance, puffy skin, hair loss, fatigue, and menstrual irregularity in women can be symptoms of hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), while increased heart rate, anxiety, weight loss, sleep issues, hand tremors, weakness, light sensitivity, and puffy, irritated or dry eyes can signal hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid).

You can also evaluate Reverse triiodothyronine (rT3) - a form of thyroxine that blocks the normal healthy free T3.

Cost: $1380

Add Reverse Triiodothyronine rT3: $760

Determine whether your adrenal glands are working properly. High DHEA can indicate acute stress and can cause symptoms like no menstrual periods, a lot of body and facial hair, severe acne, hair loss and fertility problems. Low DHEA can indicate chronic stress and is linked to conditions like diabetes, dementia, low sex drive, osteoporosis and chronic fatigue syndrome.

As DHEA helps to make other hormones like estrogen in women and testosterone in men, it is considered an anti-ageing hormone and is often measured as part of an anti-ageing profile.

Cost: $450

Measure your cortisol production levels to determine if they are too high or too low. A low level of cortisol in the blood can be caused by problems that affect the adrenal glands directly, such as Addison’s disease. A high level of cortisol can be caused by conditions including hyperthyroidism, depression, recent surgeries or Cushing Syndrome.

Your test will be done twice in the same day – once in the morning, and again later in the afternoon. This is because your cortisol levels change a lot in the course of a day.

Cost: $330

Check for the three main hormone levels that rapidly change during menopause: Estradiol, FSH, LH.

Cost: $980

Includes Menopausal Profile 1, plus progesterone. This test indicates perimenopause, which can explain the presence of uncomfortable symptoms caused by low progesterone with normal estrogen.

Cost: $1350

How to order the tests

Our team of Naturopaths can recommend the most appropriate test based on your conditions and health needs, and then device a personalised treatment plan based on your test results. If you know the exact test you need and do not need a treatment plan, you may book the desired test through one of our Medical Doctors to get started. Please call 2523 7121 or fill in the enquiry e-form.

Our Integral Health Advisor can provide more information about these tests.

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