Do you feel like your body is always stressed? Are there other relevant symptoms you consider normal as you get older?
You are not alone, many people feel the same way. You may not be aware of it but your lifestyle and hormones can greatly affect your body’s functions that lead to stress, sleep problems, and even fertility issues.
Winter Wellness, a Flagstaff-based health and wellness clinic, offers various services to help you ease stress and other symptoms of hormone imbalances. Through the DUTCH Complete Hormone Test, we can measure your stress levels, sex hormones, and adrenal function.
DUTCH (Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones) is a test that involves urinating on special filter paper that will change color to indicate your hormone levels. The procedure is done four times a day. After that, it is then dried, sent for testing in the laboratory, and analyzed for hormone metabolites.
The hormones that will be tested include:
Your doctor may recommend you to under a DUTCH hormone test if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
Testing your adrenal hormones will give you a better understanding of your stress levels and how your body is responding to them. In this process, we will specifically be looking at your HPA axis (hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal) adrenal brain communication to see how well it is functioning.
One common fertility problem is PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, which is caused by a reproductive hormonal imbalance. The DUTCH hormone test helps in measuring your hormone levels and gives you a better understanding of your fertility.
In addition, this test is also beneficial for those suffering from PMS, irregular periods, fibroids, endometriosis, painful periods, and mood swings. It provides a detailed insight into the female reproductive, adrenal hormones, and metabolites. The results allow the doctor and patient to identify the root cause of their symptoms and make necessary dietary and lifestyle changes.
DUTCH testing can also help those with sleep issues by testing the melatonin hormone production in your body. This will give you a better understanding of your sleep patterns and help you find the best solution for your sleep problems.
DHEA hormones can be found in your adrenal glands. Being low in DHEA levels can cause fatigue, a decrease in muscle mass or bone density, depression, aching joints, low libido, and lowered immunity.
Estrogen dominance occurs when there is a higher number of estrogen than the progesterone levels. This can cause various symptoms such as weight gain, PMS, painful periods, fibrous breasts, fibroids, tender breasts, moodiness, and more.
The dried urine test shows you how estrogen metabolism is done through your liver. This will help you understand estrogen levels in your body to avoid estrogen dominance, as well as the risks of getting estrogen-related cancers found in breast, cervical and uterine cancers.
Yes. If you are doing hormone replacement therapy, the DUTCH test is essential to see your hormone levels. This test is good for oral progesterone, vaginal hormones, patches, and pellets, as well as injections.
Yes, but DUTCH testing the sex hormones of a woman taking birth control pills has a diminished value.
Rings and implants stop the FSH/LH surge from the pituitary gland, preventing the estrogen rise and progesterone production from the ovary. DUTCH testing a woman who is on the pill should show a low level of estrogen and progesterone. This means that the pill is working and she is unlikely to get pregnant.
Stopping the pill for a woman on days 19-22 won’t induce ovulation. However, it can increase the likelihood of her having an early period or increase her chance of becoming pregnant. We don’t recommend that a woman stop taking the pill for just a few days to check her hormones.
The DUTCH test is more accurate than hormone blood tests. The hormone blood and saliva tests do not measure estrogen metabolism or cortisol rhythms. They also don’t track hormone replacement as well.
DUTCH can provide comprehensive information with one test, which is what makes it better than blood and saliva tests.
DUTCH hormone tests provide you with a more comprehensive understanding of your hormone levels and their interactions in the body.
It works by testing the hormone metabolites in your dried urine samples, which gives you a more accurate indication of what is happening with your hormones on a cellular level.
The DUTCH test is beneficial for those who are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above and other conditions that affect hormone levels.
If you are looking for a more comprehensive understanding of your hormone levels, then DUTCH hormone testing is the right choice for you.
At Winter Wellness, we are dedicated to providing our clients with the best possible service and care. Dr. Erin Winter, a naturopathic doctor, has years of experience in hormone testing and treatment. She will work with you to interpret your results and create a personalized treatment plan that is tailored to your needs.
Contact us today to book your DUTCH hormone test!