Find Out if Your Symptoms Are Due to a Hormonal Imbalance
By John R. Lee, M.D., Dr. David Zava and Virginia Hopkins
Saliva testing is a simple, accurate way to determine your "free" or bioavailable hormone levels.
- Read carefully through the list of symptoms in each group, and put a
check mark next to each symptom that you have. (If you check off the same
symptom in more than one group, that's fine.)
- Go back and count the check marks in each group. In any group where
you have two or more symptoms checked off, there's a good chance that you have
the hormone imbalance represented by that group.
- The more symptoms you check off, the higher the likelihood that you
have the hormone imbalance represented by that group. (Some people may have
more than one type of hormonal imbalance.)
- It is recommended that you print these pages and use them as a
- Go to the (Women or Men) Answers Section.
Symptoms | Women Answers | Men
Symptoms | Men Answers
BALANCE TEST FOR WOMEN
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BALANCE TEST FOR MEN
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Please Note: The information contained in this Hormone Balance
Test is not intended to replace a one-to-one relationship with a qualified
health care professional, and is not intended as medical advice, but as
guidelines for determining the underlying cause of your symptoms. You are
encouraged to make your health care decisions in partnership with a qualified
health care professional.
- SYMPTOM GROUP 1
Progesterone deficiency: This is the most
common hormone imbalance among women of all ages. You may need to change
your diet, get off of synthetic hormones (including birth control pills),
and you may need to use some progesterone cream. (This is explained in
detail in Dr. Lee's books, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause
and What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About PREMenopause). And try saliva
testing for progesterone and estradiol.
- SYMPTOM GROUP 2
Estrogen deficiency: This hormone
imbalance is most common in menopausal women; especially if you are
petite and/or slim. You may need to make some special changes to your
diet; take some women's herbs; and some women may even need a little
bit of natural estrogen (about one-tenth the dose prescribed by most
doctors). (November 1998, pages 1-3) And try saliva testing for estradiol.
Excess estrogen: In women, this is most
often solved by getting off of the conventional synthetic hormones
most often prescribed by doctors for menopausal women. You might enjoy
this article: Getting
Off HRT. Once you're on a natural hormone regimen, you may want to
get a comprehensive saliva test, Female/Male Saliva Profile III.
- SYMPTOM GROUP 4
Estrogen dominance: This is caused when
you don't have enough progesterone to balance the effects of estrogen.
Thus, you can have low estrogen but if you have even lower progesterone,
you can have symptoms of estrogen dominance. Many women between the
ages of 40 and 50 suffer from estrogen dominance. This topic is covered
in much detail in Dr. Lee's timeless book, What
Your Doctor May Not Tell You about Menopause, and also in the May
1998 issue of the John R Lee, M.D. Medical Letter.
And try saliva testing for Female/Male Saliva Profile I or just test for progesterone and estradiol.
- SYMPTOM GROUP 5
Excess androgens (male hormones): This is
most often caused by too much sugar and simple carbohydrates in the
diet and is often found in women who have polycystic ovary syndrome
(PCOS). You can find out more about PCOS in What
Your Doctor May Not Tell You About PREmenopause, as well as the March
1999 issue of the
John R Lee, M.D. Medical Letter. And try saliva
hormone testing for progesterone, estradiol and
- SYMPTOM GROUP 6
Cortisol deficiency: This is caused by
tired adrenals, which is usually caused by chronic stress. If you're
trying to juggle a job and a family, chances are good you have tired
adrenals. There's are great chapters on restoring your adrenal function
in both the Menopause and the PREmenopause books,
as well as in the July 1998 John R Lee, M.D. Medical
Letter. And try saliva hormone testing for the Adrenal
Function or one
of the individual Cortisol tests.
MORE HELP ON WHICH SALIVA TEST(S) TO ORDER
There are suggestions after each Symptom Group above, but if you're still
confused, try these guidelines:
If you haven't had a saliva hormone level test before, or you fit into
more than one category above, it's ideal if you can get "The Works," Female/Male Saliva Profile III to
give you the big picture. This is a great way to get baseline measurements
of your hormones, and a very informative and comprehensive
analysis from the experts at ZRT Lab.
If you fit into more than one category above, including fatigue,
and you're on a budget, you'll get a lot of useful information from Female/Male Saliva Profile II.
If you fit into more than one category above not including fatigue,
Female/Male Saliva Profile I.
If you're primarily having issues with stress and fatigue, try the Adrenal
Function or one of the individual Cortisol tests.
If you just want the basics, test for progesterone,
estradiol and testosterone.
If you have estrogen dominance symptoms and want just a bare bones look
at your hormones, just test progesterone and
If you recently started supplementing with progesterone and only want to
find out whether your levels are within "normal" ranges, just test
If you have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and/or symptoms of excess male
hormones such as excess hair growth, test progesterone, estradiol, and testosterone.
If you have PMS, endometriosis, infertility or postpartum blues, you'll
get a lot of helpful information from one of the Female/Male Saliva Profiles.
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- SYMPTOM GROUP 1
Testosterone deficiency: This is most
common in men over the age of fifty, and can be remedied with special
nutritional supplements; increased muscle-building exercise; and supplemental hormones including (natural) testosterone, progesterone,
You can find details in Dr. Lee's booklet, Hormone
Balance For Men. It is also recommended that you get a saliva
hormone test to find
out which hormone(s) would be best for you. A basic set of baseline tests for men would include testosterone, DHEA, estrogen and progesterone through a saliva test. It may also be helpful to measure morning and evening cortisol by saliva test, and SHBG (Sex Hormone Binding Globulin) by blood spot test.
- SYMPTOM GROUP 2
Excess estrogen: In men, excess estrogen
can be balanced with one of the male hormones and changes in diet and
lifestyle. You can read about this in detail in Dr. Lee's booklet,
Hormone Balance For Men. It is also recommended that you get a saliva
hormone test to
pinpoint your hormone balance more exactly.
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