While blood testing is a good way to measure certain chemicals in your body, these tests reflect both bound and free forms of hormones and do not provide information about the bioavailable section of hormone, which can vary depending on the level of blood hormone binding proteins. In other words, saliva hormone testing tells us the amount of hormones in our body that are actually usable by our cells; while blood testing evaluates all circulating hormones regardless of their availability to our cells - and most importantly anyone can take a saliva test from the comfort of their home.
Saliva testing is a widely accepted method to measure hormone levels. Anecdotally, we have found saliva testing to be much more revealing than blood testing for hormonal balancing. Saliva testing is performed by expelling ones saliva into a few different tubes. After one fills those tubes, they are sent off to a lab to be analyzed. The panel we recommend tests your estrogen progesterone testosterone DHEA and di-urinal cortisol levels and costs approximately $189.
In short, saliva testing is an accurate and simple way for someone to assess the current levels of hormones in their body without having to make an expensive visit to a doctor’s office or testing facility.