The Female Hormone Panel: Taking a Closer Look

Dr. Julie Moore, ND

Hormonal imbalances affect women of all ages. Women who are cycling may experience infertility, PMS, painful periods, mood swings and anxiety. Perimenopausal and menopausal women may experience hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disturbances and cognitive issues in addition to an increased risk of bone loss and cardiovascular disease. Serious hormonal issues such as breast and ovarian cancer and endometriosis are affecting more women every day.

Salivary hormone testing is simple, accurate, and allows us to account for the diurnal changes in hormones by taking four samples throughout the day. This also allows a closer look at adrenal function by monitoring the changes in cortisol levels from morning to night. The Female Hormone panel usually consists of 5 hormones: Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone and DHEA as well as Cortisol. By learning what your hormone levels are and examining the interactions between these hormones, your Naturopathic Physician can identify potential risk factors and develop a plan to optimize your hormonal balance and overall health.

For more serious or complicated hormonal issues, 24-hour urinary hormone panels or expanded salivary hormone panels that measure changes throughout the cycle are also available.