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DUTCH Hormone Test

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 15 October 2022
DUTCH Hormone Test

The DUTCH test stands for Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones and involves collection of a small amount of urine on filtered paper four times a day.

Measuring Hormones. Why?

While hormone blood tests are a useful tool, they are not the same as the DUTCH test. Blood and saliva tests don’t measure cortisol rhythms and estrogen metabolism and do not track hormone replacement as thoroughly, not being sensitive enough to see the different levels of estrogen, which can be an issue for women when it comes to trying to figure out their estrogen state, and can impact on their overall health. What makes the DUTCH test better than blood or saliva tests is the comprehensive information that is collected with a single test.

The DUTCH test is well-recognised for its ease-of-collection, coupled with comprehensive reporting that is not currently available from other tests.

Ideal for identifying the root cause of adrenal fatigue, sleep, stress issues and hormonal imbalance.

Testing the adrenal hormones provides specific information about how to support stress and sleep issues, by specifically looking at the HPA axis (hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal) adrenal-brain communication. For irregular periods, painful periods, anxiety & moodiness, and endometriosis: provides a comprehensive picture of how the adrenal and reproductive hormone imbalances may be contributing to these problems.

Sleep problems. By checking melatonin levels, we can assess how your sleep patterns may be affected. Melatonin can be low and related to your sleep problems, or it can be normal. 

DHEA levels. This “feel-good” hormone produced by your adrenal glands, when low it can cause fatigue, decrease in muscle mass or bone density, depression, aching joints, loss of libido, and lowered immunity.

Oestrogen dominance. Oestrogen dominance occurs when we have too much oestrogen in the body and is relative to the other sex hormones. It evaluates if oestrogen is metabolised appropriately by the liver.  This is important for understanding how we are clearing oestrogen's from the body. If you don’t metabolise oestrogen well, you risk oestrogen dominance, as well as risks of oestrogen-related cancers such as breast, cervical and uterine cancers. We can also see the methylation pathway of oestrogen when doing the DUTCH test, which can tell if there are nutrient deficiencies or an MTHFR gene mutation, which would then need to be addressed in order to maximise health. 

You will receive a comprehensive, about 19 pages long, report with your results and standard explanations 

The test is ordered online and is posted to your home. It is a urine-based test and includes little strips to dip in your pee. You dip the strips, let them dry, mail them off. The instructions are simple and clear.    

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  • The Institute for Functional Medicine
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