The DUTCH test is a new test available to medical practitioners and we have started using it in our clinics a few months ago.
Why are we using it?
To look at the whole hormone cascade. Estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, cortisol, melatonin and all of their metabolites. Dried urine is convenient, but it also allows all of the hormone metabolites to be measured which can’t be accomplished with blood or saliva testing.
Some common low progesterone symptoms:
– hair thinning, insomnia, anxiety, menses that come too soon, headaches before menses
Some common estrogen dominance symptoms:
– mood swings, water retention, depression, bloating, weight gain on the hips and thighs
What do we use it for?
To evaluate underlying causes for menstrual cycle issues, menopausal symptoms, male hormone issues, adrenal exhaustion(energy, weight, stress), and melatonin(sleep issues). To determine “healthy” versus “unhealthy” estrogen ratios in the body, as unfavourable ratios can lead to breast cancer and other female hormone cancers.
We can then help correct various hormone imbalances with specific botanicals, supplements, nutritional interventions, and Bio-identical hormones.
How does it work?
It’s simple, you urinate on 4 test strips on one day (dinner time, bed time, waking, 2hrs after waking), dry and ship the next day.