How a dried urine test can help you better understand your hormones




DUTCH which stands for Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones is a test run by Precision Analytical. The DUTCH Complete is one of the most common tests ordered as it gives a comprehensive understanding of your hormones.


So What Does it Test?


According to Precision Analytical:


"This advanced hormone testing was developed to improve on available hormone testing options. DUTCH offers the most extensive profile of sex and adrenal hormones along with their metabolites. Additionally, the daily (diurnal) pattern of free cortisol is included, along with melatonin (6-OHMS), 8-OHdG, and six organic acids. This unique combination of clinical information is not available by any other method" (1).


See full list at the end of this blog!



How Does it Work?


High level, patients collect four to five urine samples over a 24-hour period of time. Once they are fully dried, they are shipped back for testing (1). Depending on your gender and where you are on your cycle, this will dictate when you should do the samples.


I'm a man so can I still benefit from this testing?


Yes! Men experience changes in their hormones over the years as well. For example, testosterone and DHEA levels tend to fall while estrogen tends to rise (2). Some men experience low libido, mood changes, hair loss, weight changes, and poor sleep as they age and are also at increased risk of prostate cancer (2), so it's important they regularly test their hormones as well and get regular check-ups from their medical doctor.


See a sample male report here!


I'm a woman and would like to know how this testing can help me!


All throughout a women's life, her hormones change as well as throughout her menstrual cycle. Women may experience PMS, weight changes, changes in mood, fatigue, and so on (3) which can often go undiagnosed as women either push through or their symptoms are not being taken seriously. This test is key for women as it can test sex and adrenal hormones and other metabolites which allow their health care practitioner to make more informed choices and plans.


See a sample female report here!


Is this test for me?


This test may be for you if you have noticed:

  • changes in your weight

  • changes in your mood

  • experiencing acne

  • experiencing thinning hair on the scalp

  • irregular or painful periods

  • increase of body hair other than the scalp

  • fatigue and brain fog

  • highly stressed


Full Test List (4):


Progesterone Metabolites

  • b-Pregnanediol

  • a-Pregnanediol


Androgen Metabolites

  • DHEA-S

  • Androsterone

  • Etiocholanolone

  • Testosterone

  • 5a-DHT

  • 5a-Androstanediol

  • 5b-Androstanediol

  • Epi-Testosterone


Estrogen Metabolites

  • Estrone (E1)

  • Estradiol (E2)

  • Estriol (E3)

  • 2-Hydroxyestrone (2-OH-E1)

  • 4-Hydroxyestrone (4-OH-E1)

  • 16-Hydroxyestrone (16-OH-E1)

  • 2-Methoxyestrone (2-Methoxy-E1)

  • 2-Methoxyestradiol (2-Methoxy-E2)

  • 2-Hydroxyestradiol (2-OH-E2)

  • 4-Hydroxyestradiol (4-OH-E2)


Cortisol and Cortisone

  • Diurnal Pattern of Free Cortisol

  • Diurnal Pattern of Free Cortisone

  • a-Tetrahydrocortisol (a-THF)

  • b-Tetrahydrocortisol (b-THF)

  • b-Tetrahydrocortisone (b-THE)

  • Metabolized Cortisol (THF+THE)


DUTCH OATS

  • Organic Acids (HVA, VMA, KYNA, MMA, Xanthurenate, Pyroglutamate)

  • 8-OHdG (8-Hydroxy-2-deoxyguanosine)

  • Melatonin (6-OH-Melatonin-Sulfate)


Sources:

1. https://dutchtest.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Dutch-Complete-Provider-Info-Sheet.pdf

2. https://dutchtest.com/men/

3. https://dutchtest.com/women/

4. https://dutchtest.com/biomarker-comparison-chart/



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