Why use the Essential Estrogens profile?
In conventional hormone testing, basic parent hormones (estrogens, progesterone, etc.) are usually measured in blood. However, urinary hormone testing, as offered in Essential Estrogens, provides several advantages.
Estrogen imbalance can produce challenging symptoms during the transitional periods of perimenopause/ menopause and andropause (male menopause) including:
Low sex drive and performance issues
Available as a convenient at-home collection of a first-morning or 24-hour specimen
The Essential Estrogen test is a sub-panel of Complete Hormones, a more comprehensive evaluation of sex- and steroid-hormone biomarkers.
Collection Instructions (Please Read Carefully To Ensure Optimal Results)
No fasting required. Ship to lab Monday-Thursday only and within 48 hours after collection. To help ensure optimal test results, please read all of the directions and the collection procedures prior to starting test. Avoid eating (whole or ground) flax seeds and sesame seeds for at least 48 hours before urine collection begins. Avoid over hydration. Certain medicines may impact test results (e.g. cephalosporins, cimetidine, fibrates and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole). ALWAYS check with your physician before stopping medications. Delay collection if you have a urinary tract infection until after completing treatment. If the goal is to evaluate ovulatory function, collect urine between days 19-25 of the menstrual cycle.
DISCUSS WITH PHYSICIAN IF YOU HAVE A KIDNEY DISORDER. Abnormal kidney function or use of diuretics may influence test results. Synthetic hormones will not show up on the test and conjugated equine estrogens will show up mostly as estrone.
The 24-Hour Collection captures all urine over a 24-hour time period. It provides a time-average for hormone spikes that may occur throughout a complete circadian rhythm (24 hours). As a result, the 24-Hour provides the highest level of sensitivity to assess very low levels of hormones by providing a direct measurement of the Total Output of each hormone.
Hormone imbalances can contribute to the following diseases: Is hormone testing right for you?
• Breast cancer
• Endometrial cancer
• Heart disease
• Polycystic ovary disease
Conditions related to imbalanced hormones:
• Has your interest in sex diminished?
• Have you tried to conceive for a year without success?
• Do you experience hot flashes, vaginal dryness, urinary incontinence, depression,
mood swings, or changes in sleep patterns or appetite?
• Do you experience irritability, bloating, headaches, breast swelling or mood swings
in the week prior to menstruation?
• Do you experience painful periods, irregular menstrual cycles, spotting, or heavy bleeding?
• Do you have excess facial hair?
• Is intercourse painful due to vaginal dryness?
• Do you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer?
• Are you at risk of heart disease due to smoking, over weight or family history?
If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, talk to your health care provider about
the benefits of hormone testing.
Turn around time:
Test Results 21 days once the lab receives the specimen. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.