How You Can Test Your Estrogen Levels From Home
All women need to be acutely aware of the role estrogen plays in the development and maintenance of not only female reproductive health, but overall well-being. In truth, estrogen is a vital hormone for both men and women, but for different reasons. Particular levels of the hormone can have marked effects on bone health, body weight, insulin sensitivity, and even cholesterol management.
Fluctuations in estrogen levels can lead to a wide range of health issues in women, from mood swings and irregular periods, to infertility. Therefore, it’s essential to keep track of your estrogen levels in order to maintain good health, so you can live your best life. However, the act of actually checking estrogen levels can be time-consuming and inconvenient, especially if you live a busy lifestyle. That usually means a visit to the doctor. However, advancements in technology allow you to check your estrogen levels from the comfort of your home. One of the most convenient of these methods is also one that we here at DM6 Health have harnessed for use in our at-home testing kits.
THE DRIED URINE TEST
A dried urine test is a fantastic option when it comes to checking your estrogen levels from home, not to mention one of the most convenient. A dried urine sample is collected and sent to a lab for analysis, which is standard practice for these types of tests. Women who have used urine-based testing applications in the past, such as pregnancy tests, should understand the procedure quite easily.
Choosing a dried urine test comes with a slight caveat, however. It is not recommended for women who are pregnant, or taking hormonal supplements, as these can distort and taint the accuracy of the readings. However, outside of these parameters the test works exceptionally well, and can be used by your doctor or health care professional to figure out the right solution as you move forward. DM6 Health offers our own very reliable and highly accurate at-home kit, which can test estrogen levels via a simple dried urine sample.
TYPES OF ESTROGEN THAT CAN BE TESTED FOR
Estrogen is prevalent in both males and females, with one difference - men have two types of the hormone, while women have three. That means you’ll want to take into account all three estrogen types when performing a test. They are summed up as follows:
1) ESTRONE (E1) - This type of estrogen is commonly active in women who are in the stage of menopause.
2) ESTRADIOL (E2) - This type of estrogen is commonly active in women who are not currently pregnant.
3) ESTRIOL (E3) - This type of estrogen is commonly active in women during the pregnancy stage, which can peak throughout.
Checking your estrogen levels from home is now more accessible than ever before. Saliva tests, blood spot tests, and urine tests are all effective ways of measuring your estrogen levels. At DM6 Health, we have made the process even easier through the use of our convenient at-home testing kits, which are sent to certified labs staffed with highly trained and knowledgeable healthcare personnel, to guarantee the best results.
Always consult your healthcare provider after receiving the results of your estrogen test, to ensure the accuracy and reliability of your results. That way, you can diagnose any issues you are having much more easily, and formulate the right solution.