If you have been showing symptoms of hormonal imbalances lately, you may be wondering just what to do in terms of getting yourself tested. Today, testing for a hormonal imbalance is easier than ever, with two main types of tests available; saliva testing and blood testing. But what are the differences between these two types of tests? Here is everything you need to know about blood and saliva tests, so you can know what to expect when you are tested for a hormonal imbalance.
How is it done?: Saliva hormone testing is a very useful testing method that will give you accurate results. Saliva testing involves collecting saliva samples, which is virtually painless and minimally invasive. A saliva test is going to be much more comfortable and convenient for the patient, especially when multiple samples are needed. Saliva testing kits are available and purchased for use at home. This makes saliva testing for hormonal imbalances even more accessible and convenient.
How does it work?: Saliva hormone testing measures the “free” and unbound biologically active hormones in the body. Blood that is filtered through the salivary glands contains bound hormone components that are too big to pass through the salivary glands’ cell membranes. Only unbound hormones are able to pass through into the saliva. A saliva test measures these free, bioavailable hormones which will be delivered to the receptors in the body’s tissues. The results of this test give a very good indication of baseline hormone levels and what hormonal imbalances the client is struggling with.
How is it done?: A blood test (also known as a serum test) is done in the same manner as any other blood test, by drawing a small amount of blood using a syringe. Blood tests can be uncomfortable for anyone who is squeamish when it comes to needles, but they are generally minimally invasive and should be no problem at all for anyone who has had a blood test done in the past.
How does it work?: Blood tests measure hormones differently than saliva tests. Most blood tests measure the level of free hormones, the level of total hormones (the hormones attached to substances that carry hormones in the bloodstream), or a combination of the two. Blood testing is NOT an accurate reflection of the bioavailable hormones in the body.
Which is the More Accurate Test?
Blood testing has long been seen as the gold standard for hormone testing and is backed up by plenty of scientific literature. Saliva testing on the other hand has gained significant recognition as being just as accurate, and in the opinion of some medical professionals, more accurate than blood testing in determining a hormonal imbalance in the body. Saliva testing also has the added benefit of being non-invasive and much easier to perform.
At Avita, the Saliva Hormone test is the best guideline to providing the client with a Customized Treatment plan.
If you suspect you are suffering from a hormonal imbalance, it’s best to seek the advice of a professional and get yourself tested immediately. The experts at Avita can provide accurate and reliable testing and set you on a path to natural recovery. Call us today to get started.
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