At Forum Health Akron, we take an integrative approach to help you find relief. Our team of functional medicine experts combines the latest medical advancements with time-tested holistic practices to address the root causes of frustrating symptoms. Your journey to optimal health starts with knowledge – the DUTCH (Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones) test is a valuable tool for assessing hormone health and imbalances.
Why test your hormones?
Hormones are chemical messengers that are secreted by glands and regulate many functions as part of the endocrine system in the body. When there is too much or too little of a hormone in the blood, this results in an imbalance and can wreak havoc on your overall health and well-being.
Hormone testing provides critical insights into your hormone levels, enabling early detection, diagnosis, and targeted treatment of disorders such as thyroid dysfunction, Graves’ disease, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and diabetes.
What does the DUTCH Test measure?
To identify the symptoms of hormonal imbalances that are unique to each patient, the DUTCH test measures hormones found in dried urine from a collection process you can do in the comfort and privacy of your own home.
The DUTCH test is unique because it allows your provider to see metabolites—how your hormones are being broken down/metabolized—and includes many more important markers than a blood or saliva test.
The DUTCH test gives answers to complex clinical questions through an extensive profile of sex and adrenal hormones, melatonin, and cortisol (along with their metabolites), as well as measurements of your Cortisol Awakening Response (CAR), and cycle mapping.
When should you consider this test?
Hormone imbalances can manifest in many ways, as hormones play a crucial role in regulating numerous bodily functions. Collaborating with your Forum Health provider in Akron ensures that you receive the most suitable tests.
Your provider might consider a DUTCH test based on your overall health and the presence of symptoms, which can vary depending on the specific hormones involved and your unique physiology.
Symptoms of hormone imbalance include:
- Irregular Periods
- Heavy or Painful Menstrual Cycles
- Mood Swings
- Weight Changes
- Hot Flashes
- Fertility Issues
- Poor Sleep
Data to Optimize Your Health
Your test results offer an extensive profile of sex and adrenal hormones which allows your provider to understand and optimize your hormone production.
We analyze your hormone levels comprehensively, considering factors like diet, environment, and lifestyle.
Based on your test results, our experienced providers craft a customized plan to balance your body and support your overall health.
We’re with you every step of the way, monitoring your progress, and adjusting as needed to ensure your journey to health is a success.
Don’t let hormone imbalance compromise your health. Take control of your well-being with Forum Health’s DUTCH Test.