NLS Female Hormone Test. Lacking energy? Poor Memory? Low Libido? Moody? Stressed, tired or anxious? Want to know why? It could be that you have a hormonal imbalance. Hormones and their levels are responsible for every process and function in the body. Saliva testing measures the active hormone levels circulating in your body. By knowing and managing our hormone levels we are able to help the body function normally. With this test kit, you can measures free bio-available hormone levels of Estrogen (E2), Progesterone & Testosterone. Your saliva sample is sent to Australia (postage included). The results take approx 3-4 weeks to come back. With these results, you can determine your present hormonal status, so you can work with your practitioner to correct these.
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Estradiol, Estriol & Estrone (the estrogens), Progesterone, Testosterone, DHEA, Cortisol and Melatonin each play a critical role in your body. As you get older and your hormone levels shift, the delicate balance required to keep you at the peak of health is upset. Now there is a solution. A simple, cost effective saliva test will give you an accurate profile of your hormone levels allowing you, if necessary, to make adjustments with natural hormone supplementation. The good news is that we are retiring earlier and living longer. But, there are changes taking place inside our bodies that we can't see. At the cellular level, our hormone production begins to decline as we approach middle age. Slowly, almost imperceptibly, we begin to see the effects of this hormonal shift. We may start to notice things like decreased energy, mood swings, memory trouble, a decrease in sexual energy and desire, thinning hair, weight gain, and the list goes on. In response to our concerns about how we age, the medical community has focused its attention on the link between the age-dependent decline of certain hormones and the quality of life we enjoy. Experts in anti-ageing medicine believe that hormone supplementation significantly decreases the risk of many age-related diseases, therefore helping not only to extend our life, but also enhancing its quality. Using this Self Test Kit will specifically measure your estrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels. Low levels or imbalances in these hormones in women can cause problems such as PMT, bloating, abdominal cramps, headaches, mood swings, low libido, foggy brain, infertility, endometriosis, amenorrhea, fatigue, depression, fibroids & painful breasts.
How to take the test. On the day of collection, avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine. During the hour prior to collection do not eat, brush or floss your teeth or use mouth wash. Collect the sample between 6-9am. Using a ball point pen or pencil only, write your name and time and date of collection on the tube label. To collect your saliva sample, rinse your mouth with drinking water before collection. Wait 5 minutes (until your natural saliva returns) then collect the saliva in the tube. During the time you are taking the collection, do not cough or clear your throat into the collection tube. Fill the collection tube to the top with saliva. Tap the tube with your fingernail or tap on hard surface to reduce the bubbles. If you do not fill the tube sufficiently, there will be insufficient saliva to complete the test properly. Make sure the collection time and date are written on the tube and the cap is replaced tightly to avoid leakage. Place the filled tube into the refrigerator until shipping. DO NOT FREEZE. Fill out the client history and hormone details. Place your paperwork in the return envelope and post. Your results will be sent to you within 3-4 weeks after the specimen has arrived at the laboratory.
When to take the test. Cycling Female Hormone Levels. For pre-menopausal or peri-menopausal women to assess ovulation and peak levels of estradiol and progesterone, the most favourable time for saliva collection is during the middle of the luteal phase (the last 2 weeks of your cycle). Counting from the 1st day of your menstrual flow (day 1) collect your saliva between days 20 and 23. If your menstrual cycle is sporadic (you have skipped several in a row), saliva collection may be done anytime, as ovulation is unlikely.
Hormone Replacement/Supplementation Oral or Topical. In order to assess the adequacy of hormone intervention (having been on the product for at least a week), the best time for saliva collection is in the early morning, prior to the next hormone product usage.
Sublingual If hormones are taken by sublingual delivery (under the tongue), be sure to rinse your mouth thoroughly and wait at least 12-24 hours after the last dose prior to collecting the specimen. This delivery system increases the chance of saliva contamination.
Patches. For continuous pharmaceutical patches i.e. estradiol patch, collect saliva 24-48 hours after patch application.
Why test Saliva For Hormones? With the convenience and privacy of home collection, saliva hormone testing is non-invasive and economical. Blood collection is sometimes very stressful while saliva collection is simple. Saliva sample collections can be timed precisely, which is critical for some hormones. Multiple saliva collections can be taken in a single day to evaluate daily fluctuations. Saliva testing is an accurate, flexible tool for adjusting and monitoring hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
About Saliva Testing. The knowledge that there are steroid hormones in saliva, and that they can be measured, has been around for more than 30 years. But it is only recently that technology has caught up with that information making it possible to accurately determine levels of salivary hormones. Now, with specific antibodies for key steroid hormones, Nutritional Laboratory Services (NLS) can be an important partner in your quest for a longer, healthier and sexier life. Until recently, steroid hormone level evaluations were carried out on blood samples, but blood collection has its limitations. It is invasive, expensive and difficult to time precisely. Perhaps more importantly, blood hormone levels represent your body's total hormone content. Most blood hormones (about) 95% are bound to specific proteins, which carry them through your bloodstream and can be considered the hormone 'storage' fraction. The other 5% represents your free hormones, which can be easily measured to give an accurate picture of those hormones that are readily available to your tissue.
Samples are sent to NLS in Australia for testing. Once these have been received by NLS, your results will be forwarded to you within 3-4 weeks. All reports and client details remain confidential at all times. Test results are provided in a report format that compares hormone levels to age and gender specific hormone ranges. Regular monitoring of hormone levels, allows you to determine when and how to use healthcare professionals in helping to prevent the symptoms of ageing. The NLS Self Test for Female Hormones tests free bio-available hormone levels for Estrogen, Progesterone & Testosterone.
NLS Self Test Female Hormone test contains your sterile saliva specimen container with identification label, a client card to record your details and any symptoms you may have and a postage paid envelope to return your sample.
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