How to unlock your hormone puzzle

Author: Dr. Michelle Durkin on 19 May 2020

Does this scenario sound familiar?

I really think something is going on with my hormones but whenever  I talk to my doctor I'm told...that's normal for someone your age...or, there is nothing wrong with your blood work...or, let's put you on the pill (without any investigation of the actual cause).

Several years ago the lab I use for food allergy testing and saliva hormone testing came out with a new test called the DUTCH urine hormone test. I was intrigued by this new test because urine is so much easier for patients to collect than saliva, and this test was able to provide more information than the previously used saliva hormone test did.

So I did what a lot of good scientists do - I did the test on myself.

To my surprise the results were bang-on! I was able to tweak my supplement regime and make other
lifestyle changes to optimize my hormones, which I had kind of been neglecting because I was focusing more on my diet.

I have since used this test with several women who are experiencing irregular menstrual cycles, heavy bleeding, infertility, PMS, weight gain, fatigue, poor sleep, and menopause with great results.

If you think you need to unlock your hormone puzzle, here are my top 3 reasons for recommending the DUTCH test:

  1. It takes the guess work out of confusing or contradictory hormonal symptoms - when dealing with hormones, symptoms are not always clear cut but the test results are.
  2. Patients get results faster - there is less trial and error with different supplement protocols when the hormone imbalance I am trying to treat is clearly identified.
  3. It addresses hormone detoxification as well as hormone production - whether you make them or take them, hormones need to be detoxified in a healthy way. This test identifies detoxification issues that is valuable information for preventing hormonal cancers.

If healthy hormones are a priority for you, consider doing the DUTCH urine test for yourself. You can have the test done through one of the naturopathic doctors at our office with a simple take-home kit.

Now I would love to hear from you! do you feel like you are being controlled by hormones that aren't balanced? Leave a comment below and I'll be back next week with another edition of Doctor as Teacher Tuesday!

5 Replies to “How to unlock your hormone puzzle”

Pat Koets

I did it last year and it really helped.! Due for another one.


Will you be doing a workshop for post menopausal women and hormonal balance?

Dr Michelle Durkin ND

Hi Patricia,

Unfortunately due to the pandemic all workshops are being post-poned until further notice.


How can I get the at home test kit?

Dr Michelle Durkin ND

Hi Debbie,

You can book an appointment with your naturopathic doctor and they can set everything up for you.

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