Evidence shows that hormonal imbalances can be the root cause of many chronic health issues, and imbalances that affect a woman’s menstrual cycle are no exception. Conditions that can be influenced by a woman’s menstrual hormones include premenstrual syndrome (PMS), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and infertility. Out-of-balance levels can contribute to symptoms such as migraines, mood swings, and heavy bleeding or painful periods.
When hormone testing conducted on a single day during the luteal phase doesn’t provide enough diagnostic information, a month-long hormone assessment can be helpful. This detailed, multi-point map provides a complete picture of a woman’s levels over the course of one menstrual cycle resulting in the ability to create more precise treatment plans.
Menstrual cycle mapping can by key to assessing conditions such as:
Luteal Phase Defect:
Women suffering luteal phase defect tend to have lower LH and estrogen peaks, indicating “weak” ovulation, for example if the follicle producing the egg did not mature properly. The usual peak in progesterone levels during the luteal phase is much lower than normal and starts to decline approximately 7 days prior to the start of the next period, which comes several days earlier than expected. Luteal phase defect is one of the most common causes of infertility.
When ovulation does not occur, LH levels are consistently elevated. Estrogen levels are consistent and lower as compared to an ovulatory cycle and progesterone levels are consistently low. Testing helps providers find out if a woman has an adequate LH surge to induce ovulation and takes away the guesswork as to when they are entering their luteal phase.
Cyclic hormone-related symptoms can include the constellation of symptoms known as Premenstrual Syndrome – PMS – that may include severe headaches. Testing highlights estrogen or progesterone deficiency or excess at key points in the cycle and helps get to the root of these hormone-related symptoms.
This testing is not designed for women who are on birth control, supplementing with hormones or post menopausal.
Women who are interested in this test for assessing fertility may also consider the Fertility Test Kit. While Menstrual Cycle Mapping reveals three hormone levels that can pinpoint the time of ovulation, the Fertility Profile identifies a broader array of 12 tests that help assess imbalances or conditions that affect whether a woman can get and stay pregnant.
Why measure in urine? Urine testing is the best way to measure adrenal and sex steroid hormone by-products and their respective metabolic pathways, providing a gauge for understanding the body’s hormone metabolism. ZRT’s dried urine method offers a simple method for collecting samples at home over a 30-day period.
How is it done? Patients collect urine on a filter card every other morning and let them dry. Dried cards are stable at room temperature and easy to store and send to the lab for analysis. No refrigeration or freezing is necessary.
ZRT is a CLIA certified diagnostic laboratory and the leader in hormone and wellness testing. They provide accurate and meaningful test results that assist health care providers in making informed treatment decisions. Test kit is provided through Coast to Coast Compounding, a licensed pharmacy in the State of Colorado and test results will be sent back to Coast to Coast Compounding. A pharmacist will reach out to you to discuss your test kit prior to shipping and after the completed. *Not available to residents in California, New York and Maryland. **Product is cash pay and will not billable to your insurance.
Click here to see a video on how to collect your sample: https://www.zrtlab.com/patients/how-to-collect-your-sample