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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.
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.
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.
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 directions. If you are on hormone medications then you will need to do the profile II panels. Have questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we may be able to give you general guidelines. Please note, we are not giving you medical advice or direction.