The Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones, or DUTCH, does exactly what the name implies, along with much more! The creators of the test understood that the marketplace was missing a comprehensive urine hormone test, and the DUTCH test is the solution. Dried samples have been proven to be equally as reliable as liquid samples and contain a complete spectrum of information, unlike saliva tests, blood/serum tests, and even 24-hour urine tests. It is the first complete urine test that measures all of the following:
- Cortisol metabolites
- Estrogen metabolites
- Basic hormones
- Androgen metabolites
- Free cortisol pattern
- Easy collection
How the DUTCH Test Works
The patient is required to collect 5 samples over the course of the day, collecting them on specialized sample cards that fold closed afterward for your discretion and hygiene. These 5 samples enable your free cortisol levels to be tracked on a timeline throughout the day, giving our doctor’s valuable insights into hormone changes and what time of day they occur! These samples are collected from dinnertime through the next morning, 2 hours after waking. This makes it easy to do the testing from the comfort of home after work.
Once the 5 samples/specimens have been analyzed at the lab, and the 15-page report uploaded into each client’s portal, our nurse practitioners at our Happy Hormone Cottage can perform a comprehensive assessment of the metabolites in your samples, such as estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, and cortisol. They can also look at methylation pathways of the hormones, steroid pathways, and organic acids.
This information grants valuable insight into how your adrenal and reproductive systems are functioning and can be used as a foundation on which to draft a hormone protocol that is unique to your specific needs.
Hormone Protocols and Functional Medicine
The Happy Hormone Cottage utilizes the DUTCH test to obtain a complete hormone profile for our patients. Using the information obtained by the test, our team of hormone experts can create a hormone therapy plan that is uniquely designed for your needs!
At the end of the day, the information obtained through this test can provide our nurse practitioners and our functional medicine specialist at our Integrative (not Integrated) Hormone Center & Pharmacy’s owner, Jeff Hogrefe, RPh, AFAARM, with valuable information pertaining to your hormone and adrenal health. This information is essential in understanding the hormone imbalance symptoms women typically experience, especially after age 35, when our progesterone receptors begin to deplete. Some of these hormone imbalance symptoms to watch out for are:
- Low Libido
- Sleep Issues
- Brain Fog
- Weight Gain
- Aches and Pains
- Hot Flashes
- Night Sweats
- Bone Loss
- Thinning Hair
The goal at the Happy Hormone Cottage is to find and fix the root cause of hormone imbalance issues discovered through this DUTCH test to not only eradicate the symptoms of the hormone imbalance but also to help prevent disease as we age.
Want to Learn More About the DUTCH Test?
If you have unanswered questions and would like to meet with a specialist to discuss arranging a Dutch test, reach out to the team at the Happy Hormone Cottage by calling our offices or booking a consultation online today. This is hormone testing made easy. Get the answers you need to restore your hormone balance and take important steps toward healthy aging today!