Testing hormone levels again? Why “again”?
A few years back (either in my late 30s or early 40s…I can’t really remember due to brain fog!), right in the thick of a heavy workload, chronic sleep deprivation and sheer life overwhelm, I went to a naturopath who tested my hormone levels, using a saliva test.
I don’t remember the results or much about her recommendations. I do remember that my allotted benefit budget (we have $500 coverage per person per year) ran out very quickly and I didn’t keep up with the program.
I also remember, later that year, showing the results of the saliva test to my doctor, and as I recall, she didn’t seem overly enthusiastic about testing hormone levels because “I was too young.” She did offer me the birth control pill, but that’s a different blog post.
These past experiences just compounded my confusion. Sometimes I told myself the symptoms were real; other times, I thought they were all in my head. And I was busy…and tired…and to be honest, too shy and scared to admit I didn’t know what was happening with me, or what to do about it.
Fast forward. Fast forward to today.
What does testing hormone levels entail?
Now that I have invested nearly a year into researching and curating the best peri-menopause & menopause information that is available, I find myself back here. I have established a trust-based relationship with my Debbie Williams, RN, of Alternative Hormone Solutions and I’m anxious for a do-over. I’m nearly 47 and I really want a baseline of my hormone levels so I can best navigate and take care of my health for the next 5-53 years.
Tomorrow is Day #19 of my cycle and that means collection day.
The saliva test is non-invasive, painless and convenient. I have the kit at home and all I have to do is spit into a tube four times tomorrow: morning, noon, evening & bedtime. Debbie has also requisitioned a blood test which will test my thyroid.
Knowing your hormone levels is an important first step in assessing where your hormones may be out of balance, and determining whether certain symptoms may be due to hormone imbalance–this test makes it seem as if it’s a quick, easy and accurate way to find out.
The requisition also asks you to rate 59 possible symptoms–from none, to mild, moderate & severe.
The list includes: hot flashes, foggy thinking, increased facial hair, tender breasts, mood swings, headaches, acne, sugar cravings, decreased libido and more.
My guess is that just seeing this list and knowing these symptoms (mild or severe) could be the result of hormone imbalance–helps women realize what they are experiencing is not all in their head.
Stay tuned…I will be posting my results as soon as I know them!
If you are interested in working with Debbie Williams, RN, she consults with her patients both in person (the office is in West Vancouver, BC) or over the phone. www.ahsolutions.ca 604.922.3997