If you or a loved one is struggling with infertility, headaches, mood swings, anxiety, depression or irregular menstrual cycles, you may find yourself researching subjects you’ve never even considered researching before. For example: Low Progesterone – who knew that was such a big deal?! And how do I get tested for that kind of thing?!

We hear you. It’s incredibly frustrating to try and sort through all this information yourself. The good news is that you don’t have to. We’ve got your back, sister! Today we’re going to unpack the basics of how to test for low progesterone levels and why some methods are better than others. 

Blood Tests for Progesterone

If you have been experiencing low progesterone signs, it’s important that you get tested. The most common method of testing progesterone levels is via blood. Although blood hormone tests are considered the “gold standard” in conventional medicine, it is not the most advanced method of testing (or the most accurate). True, they can give you a general idea of where your hormones are at.  However, blood tests will not register the deficiencies that can help identify a problem much earlier – sometimes even years earlier!

Have you – like many women – gone to your primary care doctor or OB-GYN looking for help with your hormones only to hear that the blood test results came back “normal” even though something feels off? You’re not alone. Next, we’re going to get into some of the more reliable methods of testing for low progesterone. 

The Benefit of Saliva or Urine Testing

As a women’s hormone specialist, I’ve seen time and time again that urine or saliva testing for hormone imbalance is more accurate than blood tests. There are two key reasons why this is.

  • Hormones in blood are bound to carrier proteins so in most cases, tests are not able to “see” the total amount of circulating hormone.
  • Hormones in saliva or urine are the free (bioavailable) amount of circulating hormones.

It makes sense, doesn’t it? If a blood test can’t see the hormones, how will it be able to accurately measure them?

Additional Tips for Hormone Testing

Regardless of what type of testing you use for hormones, be sure to choose a doctor who will also be mindful of the following: 

  • Progesterone to Estrogen ratio: The ratio of progesterone to estrogen should be calculated. This helps determine how big of an impact stress is having on your hormone imbalance.
  • Be consistent in your testing: Be consistent and retest with the same method and same lab. You can’t compare blood results to saliva results with ongoing treatment to see if the treatment is working.
  • Work with a specialist: When it comes to hormone imbalance issues, the more specialized your doctor is, the more specific your treatments can be. A women’s hormone specialist is going to have access to many more unique and efficient methods and resources than your general practitioner or OB-GYN.

Saliva Testing for Hormone Imbalance

We know how it feels to be struggling with women’s health issues and not have answers. That’s why we offer top-of-the-line resources to help you regain control of your body and your life. Take our at-home saliva test or watch Dr. Crawford’s Masterclass, “From Frustrated to Fabulous, The Simple 3-Step Process that Helps Women Overcome Their Most Frustrating Daily Health Challenges”.