WHAT IS THE DUTCH TEST AND WHAT DOES IT DO?
The Dutch Test is a hormone and metabolite test that can measure levels of hormones, metabolites, and other biomarkers in the body. It is sometimes used to help diagnose hormonal imbalances or other health conditions.
Four groups of hormones can be measured with the Dutch Test: sex hormones, adrenal hormones, thyroid hormones, and growth hormones.
Metabolites, which are products of metabolism, can also be measured.
Other biomarkers that can be measured include markers for inflammation, detoxification, and gut health.
The Dutch Complete Panel
It is a blood test that measures various hormone levels in the body often used to:
- assess hormone health in patients
- diagnose and treat hormonal imbalances (hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, adrenal insufficiency, and pituitary disorders)
The Dutch Complete Panel tests for all the major hormones in the body and is the more comprehensive of the two tests.
Significant advantages of the Dutch Complete Panel
- provide a complete picture of a patient’s hormone health
- can be used to monitor a patient’s hormone levels over time, which can help detect changes or trends in hormone levels
The Dutch Cycle Mapping Plus Panel
The Dutch Cycle Mapping Panel is a more basic panel that can assess women’s hormone imbalances. It includes critical markers for estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Who can use this panel to assess hormone imbalances that may contribute to conditions such as infertility, PCOS, endometriosis, low libido, fatigue, weight gain, and mood swings?
In contrast, the Dutch Cycle Mapping Plus Panel goes further by assessing adrenal hormone levels. This is important because imbalances in adrenal hormones can contribute to the same conditions as above but can also lead to conditions such as anxiety, depression, and insomnia. This panel is helpful for women struggling with multiple hormone-related issues.
The test uses a woman’s saliva samples to measure her hormone levels throughout her menstrual cycle. The test is simple to use and can be done in the comfort of your own home. And because it measures hormone levels over time, it provides a more accurate picture of a woman’s hormone health than a single blood test.