Hormone testing is usually done using either collection of blood serum or saliva. Blood serum requires your physician to write a prescription, where as the saliva test kits can be purchased without a physicians prescription and is easy to self administer for patients that may not have a physician or are just interested in the saliva method. Both methods are commonly used and both have strengths and weaknesses. Here is what you should consider when deciding which test is right for you.
Saliva vs. Blood Serum Testing
Many people believe that saliva testing is the best test available for establishing the true levels of DHEA, Cortisol, Testosterone, Progesterone, and Estrogen in the body. This is because the saliva tests measure the hormones on the cellular level vs. blood serum testing which test how much hormone is in the bloodstream.
Saliva is less invasive than blood testing and is easy and convenient. The patient simply spits into a tube and mails the sample into the lab. However, keep in mind that if you are currently using hormone therapy with sublingual dosage forms, such as drops, sprays, or lozenges, this form of testing may not be as accurate as these dosage forms may affect the saliva glands. Additionally, many insurance companies will not cover the cost of saliva testing.
Blood Serum Testing
This form of testing has been used for many years and most hospitals and labs use this form of testing. As a result, insurance companies are familiar with blood testing and often cover the costs of the tests.
The downside of blood testing is that it is considered to be a broad ranging method that measures the hormone at the specific time of collection. If the patient is stressed out during the testing, the results may not be an accurate picture of what the normal everyday level of hormone is.
There is a lot of controversy about which method is the best and has been an ongoing topic of discussion. Whichever method you choose, it is best to establish a baseline of your hormone levels and then use the same type of testing for future testing.
Hoye’s Pharmacy use ZRT Test Kits – we have continually trusted the research and support that ZRT Labs has offered to the public regarding hormone balance for both men and women. Their continued commitment to education, training and research has demonstrated over the years their commitment to quality.
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