HOT FLUSHES, NIGHT SWEATS, LOW LIBIDO
The measurement of oestradiol and progesterone from a single saliva sample can give valuable information about the balance of these hormones. This test is usually recommended for post-menopausal women, those taking hormone supplementation, or as an economical means of assessing luteal-phase hormone levels in pre-menopausal women. Although menopause is a normal part of a woman’s maturation, many experience discomfort, including hot flushes, night sweats, cold hands and feet, depression, loss of libido, irritation and vaginal dryness. Salivary testing of these hormones, unlike serum testing, measures the free, un-bound fraction of hormone that is actually available to exert its effects on the target tissue.
Sample Requirements: 1 x plain saliva sample
Patient Requirements: Sample taken on day 21 of menstrual cycle for pre-menopausal women, or any day for post-menopausal women. The use of the contraceptive pill, natural progesterone of HRT can influence the results, and should be avoided prior to testing unless wishing to monitor therapy. If monitoring therapy, the specimen should be obtained approximately 8-10 hours AFTER the last dose or oral, transdermal or vaginal hormone-containing medication.
Analytes measured: Progesterone, Oestradiol, Progesterone/Oestradiol Ratio