How Does Hormone Testing Work?
Once the lab has processed your order, your test kit will be mailed to you directly, arriving within 7-10 business days (unless shipping internationally).
Please read through the instructions included within your test kits, and watch the following videos to ensure accurate results.
SALIVA COLLECTION INSTRUCTIONS
If you have purchased a saliva test, your test kit will come with everything you need to collect your samples and return them to the laboratory for analysis:
- 4 collection tubes for morning/afternoon/evening/bedtime samples (MUST be completed within the same day)
- Cycling women must test on either day 19, 20 or 21 of cycle (first day of cycle is day 1)
- If using hormones, note special instructions included in kit
- Requisition form: please mark all symptoms, e.g. mild, moderate, or severe
- Mailer bag with pre-paid UPS postage for easy return of samples to the lab for processing
- Saliva can be stored in fridge or freezer if not mailed immediately
- Your results are ready 7 to 10 business days from when your samples arrive at the lab
- Once results have been received, Candace will reach out to schedule your consultation
**Note: if you have received a second kit to retest your hormones at a later date, make sure to keep it somewhere room temp and dry. You will want to retest your hormones (following the same instructions as above) 3-5 months after receiving your first results **
VITAMIN D (BLOOD SPOT) KIT video INSTRUCTIONS
If you have purchased the vitamin d test, it will come in a blood spot test kit, which contains everything you need to return to the laboratory for analysis. Please watch below video for proper collection instructions:
Why I recommend SALIVA hormone testing vs. Standard Blood TESTING...WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
Saliva testing is preferred by functional and integrative medicine practitioners, not only because it is *non-invasive and pain free, but because test results tell us so much about the root cause of numerous hormonal woes.
In saliva, we are measuring free, unbound, bioavailable, or ACTIVE hormones that have left the blood stream to become activated in the cells of the body where hormones do their work. Capturing these hormone levels in saliva, as they move freely through salivary glands into the target cells of the body, we can pinpoint deficiencies, excesses and imbalances that match up with the specific symptoms we are experiencing.
In standard blood tests, free, active hormone levels are not measured. What is generally measured are hormones still "bound" to red blood cells and thus INACTIVE. So a blood test can't tell us if we are making the right amount of hormones, or how well they are working for us at the cellular level. But that's exactly what we need to know in order to determine if the symptoms we suffer from are hormone related.
Bottom line: Saliva testing sheds light upon hidden hormone imbalances and directly links them to the symptoms they cause. This is news we can use to make a difference in our health and longevity! Blood test results are not that helpful in pinpointing the specific hormone imbalances that sabotage our health and undermine our best efforts to live right.
Saliva testing is the gold standard for assessment of adrenal function since standard blood draws using needles can provoke a stress response that falsely skews test results.