Tests to support the optimizing of fertility hormonally (one piece of a fertility assessment) and determining your current unique hormonal pattern/picture have for years included blood (serum) testing (sex hormones, thyroid panel and Ferritin), and Saliva Hormone testing (for a functional hormone assessment to include adrenal wellness and the impact of stress as well).
In the last decade a new functional medicine testing has become available that is great for women wanting to get a truly comprehensive picture of your hormonal picture. It is called the DUTCH Complete Test and it really is next level “complete”!
DUTCH stands for Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones. The testing measures reproductive hormones, HPA/ stress axis and organic acids including something else very useful - downstream metabolites of the hormones - thus giving you a more complete picture of your current unique hormonal health than any other tests currently available.
There are several DUTCH lab options.
The DUTCH Complete is an advanced hormone test, offering an extensive profile of sex and adrenal hormones and melatonin, along with their metabolites, to identify symptoms of hormonal imbalances. The DUTCH complete is for women who would like to optimize their hormonal health and get a thorough one day assessment to understand deficiencies/imbalances that are contributing to their hormonal imbalance so they can be addressed directly.
DUTCH Cycle Mapping with DUTCH Complete
“For some female patients, testing on just one day of the month is not enough. Women with infertility, irregular cycles or no menstrual bleeding due to an ablation or partial hysterectomy can benefit from the DUTCH Cycle Mapping. This profile helps evaluate hormones throughout a full menstrual cycle. Nine targeted estrogen and progesterone measurements provide important details on a patient’s hormone levels in the follicular, ovulatory and luteal phases of the cycle.” www.dutchtest.com
* This test is great for women who would like the most information possible relatively quickly.
The DUTCH complete is a great option to start with. www.dutchtest.com for more information.
Some direct links to DUTCH test:
For an interview with Dr. Carrie, clinician at DUTCH test labs and the Get Pregnant Naturally Team you can access the podcast at this url: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFRmsudljf4
Dr. Monika Herwig ND is a Naturopathic Doctor, Acupuncturist, Yoga Nidra and Yoga Therapy Facilitator, mother of 2, and a Trailblazer with Happy Healthy Women in Canmore, Alberta. She practices Mind-Body Medicine especially around Adrenal, Gut, Hormonal and Mental Health in her clinic and leads Wellness Workshops and Retreats locally and internationally. Dr. Monika supports heart centered women shine their light and share their gifts with the world without burning out through whole life health and a functional medicine approach to wellness. She is especially passionate about supporting moms and moms-to-be and runs yearly Fairy Nature Camps for her clients’ children (and herself!). To book an appointment call (403) 609-8385 or visit our online booking through this link:
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