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Hormonal Issues

Both men and women struggle with a range of health issues and symptoms due to imbalance of hormones, and particularly because of oestrogen dominance.

  • Weight gain and difficulty in weight loss
  • Increased appetite
  • Fluid retention and oedema
  • Mood swings, irritability and depression
  • Decreased energy
  • Decreased libido
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Imbalanced cholesterol and blood fats (lipids)
  • Carbohydrate craving
  • Bone density issues
  • Increased cancer risk
  • Sleep disturbance and night sweats
  • Improved insulin sensitivity and sugar control
  • Arterial protection
  • Men : Problems with erections
  • Women:
    • Breast tenderness
    • Period and hormonal cycle issues
    • PMS

Specific health issues may best be treated following a consultation with our Dr, but certain tests that can be performed from your home might provide valuable information.

Recommended Home Tests

  1. Salivary Hormonal Panels for Women (£175 or extended profile £250)

This test measures the most potent form of oestrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA and morning cortisol (stress coping hormone). The salivary level gives an indication of the amount in the body tissues.

The extended profile measures all 3 of the main active types of oestrogen and cortisol levels throughout the day (for samples) to give a much more accurate assessment for you and your healthcare practitioners to govern therapeutic approaches.

  1. Salivary Hormone Panel for Irregular Cycle and Fertility (£227)

This salivary test asks you to collect samples every 3 days, which you store in the fridge, through the course of one menstrual cycle. It measures oestrogen and progesterone as well as testosterone. Imbalances in any of these can produce fertility issues, irregularity, heavy and painful periods, as well as PMS. Correction of these using natural therapies may resolve any of these issues.

     3. Salivary Testosterone Analysis (£100)

This measurement gives an idea of testosterone levels in the body tissues and is thought by some authorities to be a more accurate measurement than measuring testosterone in blood. That said, if it is low or low normal then blood tests are required to find out how much is bound to proteins or free in the blood stream.

     4. Male Hormone Salivary Assay (£230)

This simple saliva collection allows us to analyse several male hormones including testosterone but also oestrogen and progesterone which whilst having less influence do exert influence the body if in excess. This test also measures stress hormones influenced by physical and psychological stressors.

  1. Urine thyroid hormones (T3/T4) – (£186)

This 24 hour urine sample wines levels of T3 and T4 and gives an indication of the levels in the tissues as opposed to in the blood stream. Some authorities consider this to be a more sensitive test in diagnosing ‘subclinical’ (people with symptoms but normal blood levels) hypothyroidism.

  1. Melatonin (sleep hormone) analysis (£112)

Melatonin is one of the main or mounds made by the brain to help a normal sleep pattern and circadian rhythm. Melatonin has immune boosting effects and helps calm a stress affect in the nervous system generally. The test measures 3 samples and gives an indication of levels through a 24 hour period. Type of sample – saliva.

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