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The DUTCH test meausures your sex and stress hormones

Posted by Geoff Beaty on 26 June 2021
The DUTCH test meausures your sex and stress hormones
The Dutch Hormone Test tests reproductive and adrenal hormones, as well as melatonin and oxidative stress. It is an effective, evidence-based way by which to understand the root causes of your symptoms and begin to create a treatment pathway to return you to health.

Common symptoms women experience at different times in their lives include:

abnormal menstruation (heavy/painful periods)
decreased sex drive
mood swings
anxiety and depression
breast tenderness
hormonal weight gain

DUTCH stands for Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones. Hormone testing in Australia is most commonly performed by blood tests (known as serum tests), and occasionally by saliva or urine tests. The downside of blood and saliva tests is that they do not measure cortisol rhythms and estrogen metabolism, nor do they track hormone replacement as they are not sensitive enough to detect different levels of estrogen.

The Dutch Hormone Test Australia requires a small amount of urine to be collected on filtered paper four times a day to measure hormone metabolites from the dried urine samples. It only requires one collection so it's much more convenient and you can do it in the comfort of your own home.

It is the most comprehensive test to evaluate your sex and stress hormones. It measures hormone levels metabolites (metabolites are breakdown products of these hormones) and specific nutrients (which are necessary for our body to use the hormones).

The importance of these groups of hormones is that they play a vital role in many aspects of our life that if left unbalanced, they can wreak havoc in our bodies and leave us feeling anxious, tired, moody and fatigued. [1]

Hormones measured in the test include:

This test also measures cortisol and cortisone rhythms and levels, and estrogen metabolism pathways.

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