What is a DUTCH hormone test?
DUTCH (Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones) testing provides the most advanced information on your body’s stress response, sex hormones and how they are being metabolized in the body. The one-day DUTCH test is an easier way to collect samples compared to a saliva test which is more time-intensive.
Markers included on this test:
- Sex hormones & metabolites (Estrogen, Testosterone, Progesterone)
- Cortisol (body’s response to chronic stress & circadian rhythm)
- Melatonin (sleep hormone)
- Hormone metabolites
- Vitamins (B12 & B6)
- Oxidative stress marker
- Six organic acid tests (OATs)
- Neurotransmitter metabolites (dopamine + norepinephrine/epinephrine )
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Why complete a hormone test?
Testing your hormones can give us a great look into various aspects of your life that you may be experiencing symptoms:
- Period issues/PMS
- Fertility & infertility
- Weight gain/hard to lose weight
- Chronic fatigue
- Sleep issues
- Detoxification issues
Who is this test right for?
Anyone who has noticed a change in their overall mood, energy, sleep, sex drive, body weight, and/or menstrual cycle. It’s also a terrifically comprehensive test that gives us a look into detoxification pathways and may identify areas of hidden stressors in your body that have otherwise gone unnoticed.
You can be at any life stage (cycling/menopausual/male or female) for the DUTCH to be helpful!
**You can take this test while on birth control but some hormones may not be as accurate. It is best to do the DUTCH after 3 months of being off birth control if you really want a look at your body’s natural hormone production.**
Sample Report (PDF)
What is DUTCH cycle mapping?
The DUTCH Cycle Mapping™ maps the progesterone and estrogen pattern throughout the menstrual cycle. It provides the full picture of a woman’s cycle to answer important questions with month-long symptoms, infertility and PCOS. Nine (9) targeted estrogen and progesterone measurements are taken throughout the cycle to characterize the follicular, ovulatory and luteal phases.
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Why complete cycle mapping?
In general, there is an expected pattern of hormones throughout the menstrual cycle. For example, relatively low estrogen levels are early in the cycle, then a surge around ovulation and then modest levels in the latter third of the cycle (the luteal phase). Progesterone levels, on the other hand, stay relatively low until after ovulation. After ovulation, levels ideally increase (>10-fold) and then drop back down at the end of the cycle. A disruption in this cycle can lead to infertility or hormonal imbalance.
For some women, testing reproductive hormones (progesterone, estrogen, etc.) on a single day is sufficient. In other scenarios (like struggles with fertility, PCOS or painful menstrual cycle symptoms), the clinical picture cannot be properly captured without “mapping” out the hormonal pattern throughout their menstrual cycle.
Who is this test right for?
- Women struggling with infertility
- Women with cycling hormones but no period
- Women with irregular cycles
- If the luteal phase shifts from month-to-month
- Not sure when to test due to long or short cycles
- Women whose hormonal symptoms tend to fluctuate throughout the cycle
- PMS, mid-cycle spotting, migraines, etc.
NOTE: This test is not needed for women on birth control, postmenopausal women or women with cycles that follow the expected pattern (in this case the DUTCH Complete is sufficient!)