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Female Hormone Saliva testing

Female hormone levels are tested to make sure that any symptoms you are experiencing are not connected to abnormal hormone levels.

Cyclical Pacing of the Ovariesyoung woman in lab

Ovaries release hormones in cycles; known as a menstrual cycle, on average, a cycle last between 26 to 30 days. GnRH, FSH, LH are hormones from the hypothalamus  and pituitary glands in the brain. These control the timing and pacing of the release of the two major classes of ovarian hormones. The most important female sex hormones are estrogens and progesterone.

3 Female Physiologic Phases:

Phase I:   Starts with the follicular phase, the start of menstrual blood flow which can be of variable length. This Phase is normally subject to both low estrogen and progesterone levels.

Phase II: The ovulation phase is between one to three days long, and during this time, the egg, which is held in the ovaries, is released during this phase. High estrogen and LH levels precede this phase.

Phase III: Known as the luteal phase is constant in length and lasts between 12-14 days ending with menses. In contrast to the follicular phase, the luteal phase is dominated by high progesterone concentrations and lower levels of estrogens.

Functions of Female Sex Hormones

Estradiol and Progesterone affect several target organs that are involved in pregnancy. Additionally, these hormones have an effect on female sexual characteristics, such as; skin texture, reduced body hair, pitch of the voice and the release of pheromones.

Estrogens and Progesterone control these organs:

The Uterus – Estradiol lays the foundation for conception in the uterus. Producing a considerable increase in the inner lining thickness and also promoting uterine gland development,  along with the secretion of mucus. Progesterone produces a swelling of the uterine lining and an increase in glycogen,  a complex sugar, and an increase in mucus secreted by the uterus. If pregnancy does not occur, the uterine lining is then eliminated as menstrual flow.

Fallopian tubes – The fallopian tubes are stimulated by the sex hormones to move the egg towards the uterus, they also nourish the egg the sperm & ultimately the embryo once fertilization takes place.

Vagina – The vagina is more resistant to infection through the promotion of a thicker vaginal lining and secretions within the vagina from Estrogens.

Breasts – Preceding puberty, the breasts growth is only in proportion to the rest of the body; however, during puberty breasts fully develop under the influence of estradiol and progesterone. Excess estradiol causes breast swelling and tenderness.

Bones – In the female adult, Progesterone and Estradiol play an important role in bone health and inhibit the onset of osteoporosis, also improving the use of calcium & magnesium in bone health.

Kidney – There is an increase in fluid buildup due to Estrogens that cause the body to retain sodium. On the other hand, progesterone causes a loss of fluid & excess sodium.

Liver – Liver proteins increase with Estradiol,  reducing thyroid hormones and increasing the risk for cardiovascular disease. The liver has an increased inability to quickly detox various harmful substances with increased Estradiol.

Generally Estradiol can elevate blood sugar in certain individuals and Progesterone is known to increase the appetite in certain patients but generally has a calming effect on the nervous system, at night especially.

What Dr. Cushing Tests for:

The Female Hormone Panel™ is a simple, non-invasive FDA approved lab test. The patient collects eleven saliva samples during specified time periods throughout the menstrual cycle.

*          Using this panel, Dr. Cushing  simultaneously views his patients’ estrogen and progesterone levels and the cycle average for testosterone and DHEA. Minimizing diagnostic guesswork and evaluating for possible hormonal imbalances.   This information enables Dr. Cushing to develop a personal treatment plan for his patients.

Applications of the Female Hormone Panel™

Hormonal Imbalance and PMS:  Many women have a progesterone and estrogen imbalance. Dr. Cushing uses FDA approved lab panels to define the state of hormonal imbalance and in turn, provides him with specific insights for the appropriate targeted natural intervention to relieve his patients from PMS related hormonal imbalance symptoms.

Luteal Phase Defect Detection There are at least 3 luteal phase-defect patterns characterized by a estrogen/progesterone imbalance. Typically associated with fibroids, infertility, PMS and other female hormone related health issues and are easily detected by these test panels.

Customized Hormone Therapy Current medical diagnostic tests do not provide sufficient data,  resulting with women being treated without regard to their individualized physiology. The saliva hormone tests that Dr. Cushing uses takes in to account every aspect of a patient’s hormonal needs. This allows Dr. Cushing to treat women with a targeted natural therapeutic plan that is unique to their individual chemistry.

Female hormone test can also be used to detect and monitor the following:

  • Birth control pills causing cycle irregularities
  • Influence of diet, exercise & other lifestyle factors on the cycle
  • Functional infertility
  • Brain originating menstrual problems
  • Miscarriage during early pregnancy known as spontaneous miscarriage
  • Dysmenorrhea (painful & heavy periods)
  • Early osteoporosis
  • Migraine headaches
  • Cystic ovarian disease

Advantages of this Test

Convenience: No blood draws, No inconvenient 24-hour urine collection.

Physiological accuracy: The free hormone fraction is most dominant in saliva and the female hormone levels correlate at 93% with the free hormones in the tissues. The free hormone fraction is very important, because it is the bioactive fraction that most significantly influences living cells.  This FDA approved saliva hormone tests provides a view of the ovarian capacity over a whole menstrual cycle.

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