Our hormone levels ebb and flow throughout the years. Those related to growth and development rise rapidly during puberty, peak and stabilize as adults, then begin to fall as age. However, our hormones influence more than just our reproductive health — they act as chemical messengers within the body that help regulate other important functions, too, such as mood, sleep, hunger, digestion, heart rate and blood sugar.
Hormones are powerful, so only a small amount is needed to create big changes. That’s why too much or too little of a specific hormone can cause serious symptoms that impact your overall health. If you’re feeling ‘off’ but don’t know why, hormonal testing can identify an imbalance to help your doctor determine what steps are needed to optimize your wellness.
The DUTCH Test
The DUTCH test provides a comprehensive look at your sex hormones, adrenal hormones, vitamin and neurotransmitter metabolites, oxidative stress biomarkers and more to help you and your doctor find answers to the complex clinical questions that affect your health. Unlike other tests, it doesn’t require a blood sample and can be performed in-office or from the comfort of your own home. The results will help you and your provider better understand hormonal changes that might be affecting your mood, weight, sleep, sex drive or energy, allowing for more effective treatment plans that are tailored to your body’s needs.
The DUTCH test is one of the most advanced and accurate hormone panels available. It uses dried urine analysis to measure hormone levels and their metabolites, so it can reveal issues that might be missed by bloodwork alone. The DUTCH test is ideal for patients of any age, as it can assess and detect hormonal imbalances that occur in all stages of life. It’s also suitable for those undergoing hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to ensure that treatment is safe and effective. Depending on your concerns, different panels are available to help you identify any hormonal issues and help you feel your best again.
What does a DUTCH Test Analyze?
- Estrogen and estrogen metabolites
- DHEA-S (sex hormone precursor)
- Organic acids
- Some vitamin markers
- Neurotransmitter metabolites (dopamine, norepinephrine, etc.)
- Oxidative stress
- …and more!
Who Can Benefit from DUTCH Testing?
Hormonal testing is often associated with menopause or andropause, but it can be beneficial for patients of all ages to identify the cause of troubling and persistent symptoms. If you experience unexplained weight gain, fatigue, insomnia, heavy or irregular periods, erectile dysfunction, hair loss or other signs of hormonal imbalance, your doctor may recommend a complete DUTCH panel for a more comprehensive look at your overall health. This test includes a complete summary report that provides important information about your hormone levels and can be used for both men and women. It’s also ideal for patients receiving HRT and may be recommended as part of your treatment plan to monitor your hormone levels.
The Most Comprehensive Hormone Panels
Aspire Regenerative offers several different DUTCH testing options depending on your unique needs, concerns and goals. Whether you need a broad analysis of your sex and adrenal hormones or you want to focus on something more specific, our expert providers will recommend the right test to identify and evaluate the symptoms of hormonal imbalance.
The DUTCH Complete is a comprehensive assessment that evaluates sex and adrenal hormones and their metabolites. It also evaluates free cortisol and cortisone patterns, organic acids, melatonin, and oxidative stress levels. It requires four to five dried urine samples in a 24-hour period and provides a complete picture of your overall health.
DUTCH Sex Hormone Panel
The DUTCH Sex Hormone Panel provides baseline measurements and is often used for HRT monitoring. This test accurately evaluates estrogen, testosterone, progesterone and androgens to help men and women rebalance their hormones.
DUTCH Adrenal Hormone Panel
The DUTCH Adrenal Hormone Panel evaluates stress hormones, such as DHEA-S, free cortisol and cortisone patterns, and their metabolites. This can help identify symptoms related to adrenal fatigue, such as stress, anxiety, trouble sleeping, low energy and brain fog.
The DUTCH Plus includes everything found in DUTCH Complete, with the addition of five saliva samples to further evaluate cortisol levels, diurnal patterns of cortisol and cortisone, and the cortisol awakening response.
DUTCH Cycle Mapping
A single day of testing isn’t always enough to gain the most accurate picture of hormonal changes, so DUTCH Cycle Mapping analyzes those that occur during the menstrual cycle for more comprehensive results. This can help women dealing with issues like infertility, PCOS, spotting and migraines better manage their symptoms.
Schedule a Consultation
Your wellness is important, but managing unexplained symptoms isn’t always a straightforward process. If your current treatment plan isn’t working or you know that you can feel even better, the DUTCH test can evaluate your hormone levels to provide a more comprehensive picture of your overall health. To learn more about DUTCH testing at Aspire Regenerative or book a consultation, click here or call us today at 866-349-1914.