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  1. Who should consider having testing done?
    1. Really anyone that is interested in prevention and wanting to live a life of wellness. Many people understand that early detection and correction of small imbalances along the way can help them remain healthy as they age.
    2. Others have symptoms of varying degrees and can’t understand why.  Often times they have testing done with everything being ‘normal’ but they don’t feel as healthy as they should. 
    3. People that understand that the medical field can be limited on what testing they can provide that will be covered by insurance.  Having one thyroid test done or a few hormones tested often time doesn’t provide the big picture so things can be missed.
  2. What are some of the symptoms that are related to hormones and the associated pathways involved with hormones?
-hot flashes -night sweats -heart palpitations
-morning fatigue -early evening fatigue -depressive moods
-food cravings -low libido -weight gain
-acne -heavy/irregular menses -increased facial/body hair
-fibrocystic breast -headaches -foggy thinking
-brittle nails/dry skin -cold hands and feet -sleep disturbances
-irritability -mood swings (PMS) -vaginal dryness

   3.    Why can the testing give a bigger picture?

Hormones need to be in a balancing act and it isn’t just estrogen, progesterone and testosterone that are important.  It is things such as their levels and the ratios they are with one another. It is also important that other things in our body are functioning properly that deal with hormones such as thyroid, adrenal stress, cortisol levels, and how these need to be in balance and working together to have harmony.  Often times the little window test that is performed at the medical doctors’ office is just a sneak peek but doesn’t consider the other components dealing with hormones.  The same can be true with the thyroid.  It may come back normal and it may be the sex hormones or the adrenal stress that is giving the thyroid symptoms.

  1. Is this covered by insurance or my flex Spending?

We do not provide paperwork to submit to insurance companies as it is not covered. You may turn in your receipt to your flex spending and see if it is covered as some do and some do not. Please note, we do not provide any extra paperwork besides a receipt for reimbursement. These tests are usually performed and ordered because people are taking control of their own health and taking action steps and we want to support that and make it as easy as possible.

  1. Will I need to go to a lab?

No, it is easy as long as you are able to read the directions and follow along. Testing is done by obtaining your saliva, urine and/or small blood droplets. You are able to do this in the comfort of your own home and drop it in an UPS drop sight with the prepaid and provided packaging to mail to the lab.  Even the blood part you can do at home. The kit will provide you with a lancet that you will prick your finger to expose blood and you place your blood droplets on the paper provided.

  1. What is the most common test?

Some people just want to do a basic hormone check and do the male or female blood or saliva panel. However, the most common testing we perform is the comprehensive male or female profile I. This testing includes not only the sex hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone but it tests the adrenal, thyroid and cortisol levels as well.  Many people add on the Vit. D 25-OH test for $75 because vitamin D is rather important for immune health and bone health. If doing this as an added test, use the $10 off coupon for additional testing that is available on the top of the fee schedule. You can use the symptom checklist provided to help you. Print it off and follow the directionsIf you are on hormone medications then you will need to do the profile II panels. Have questions, email us at frontdesk@dcwellnesscenter.org and we may be able to give you general guidelines. Please note, we are not giving you medical advice or direction.

  1. Where should I begin?
    1. Decide what testing you would like to do. Utilizing the symptom checklist and fee sheet are helpful tools. After you have decided on a kit, email us that you want to do testing and we will contact you for payment or call the office to order your kit. Once paid, we fill out the order form and we will ship you the home kit, specific instructions and videos on how to do perform each section of the kit.
    2. After you have received the kit, you will do your collections specific for the testing you ordered which will include: saliva, blood and or urine.  Follow the easy instructions. Label your specimens/collections, fill out the form with your information and symptoms list, put it in the prepaid packaging and drop in a UPS drop site or store. Results come to us within 7 days after they receive your package. We will forward to you that will contain guidelines for you to use.