You may have heard that the DUTCH hormone test is the best way to assess your adrenal and sex hormones.
But with hormones changing throughout the month for women you may be wondering when should I take the DUTCH hormone test to get the best results.
This article will guide you on the best time to do the DUTCH hormone test.
The Best Time To Do The DUTCH Hormone Test
The recommended time by Precision Analytical who are the makers of the DUTCH test is to collect samples around day 19-22 of your menstrual cycle if you have a regular cycle of approximately 28 days.
This works out to be around one week after ovulation occurs, and if you know when you ovulate this is a good way to check if you are testing at the right time.
The reason we want to test at this time of the month is that progesterone will be at its peak during the luteal phase, and while estrogen levels will be declining from the mid ovulation peak we want to assess the progesterone/ estrogen balance.
When tracking your menstrual cycle the first day of bleeding is day one, at this time of the month estrogen and progesterone are very low.
DUTCH Test With A Longer Menstrual Cycle
If you have a longer cycle you want to adjust the timing of the test. For example, if your cycle is consistently around 33 to 35 days then you want to do the DUTCH test around days 26, 27 or 28.
If however, your cycle is very irregular, for example, 28 days one month and then 38 days the next cycle, then assessing when you ovulate may be the best option to get the right time.
If you ovulate on day 20 of your cycle then you would do the DUTCH hormone test on days 26 to 27 of your cycle.
Don’t stress too much about the timing of the test, a lot of women doing this test are doing it because of PMS, infertility, and irregular periods - so as long as we know when your cycle started, and when the next cycle began we will be able to know where in your cycle the test was done.
Using these results we will be able to help you with a treatment plan to get your hormones back in balance.
DUTCH Test With A Short Menstrual Cycle
If you have a shorter cycle of 24 to 25 days in length, you are going to need to test earlier in the cycle. For example, around days 15 or 16.
Once again it may be best to assess if you are ovulating to identify the best time to test.
If you are in doubt about when the best time for you to test then contact your practitioner or Precision Analytical and they can help to guide you.
When you order the DUTCH hormone test through Planet Naturopath I can guide you on the best time to test.
How To Test If You Are Ovulating?
There are several ways to test when you ovulate including:
The DUTCH Cycle Mapping Test - Get The Complete Picture
If you are still not sure when to test, and you feel like your hormones are “all over the place”, or fertility is your main focus then the DUTCH Cycle Mapping test may be the best option for you.
The DUTCH cycle mapping test measures your estrogen and progesterone levels every day of your cycle from day 7 until you get your period.
The DUTCH cycle mapping will show when you ovulate, if your hormones are rising and falling at the right time or if there are any unusual dips or peaks with your hormone levels.
The DUTCH Cycle Mapping test is ideal if you:
How To Collect The DUTCH Hormone Test Samples
The testing process is the same for the sex hormones if you are doing the DUTCH Complete, DUTCH Plus, or DUTCH Cycle Mapping Test.
DUTCH Test Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to see a doctor?
No, you can order the DUTCH test directly from Planet Naturopath.
Do I need a referral?
When you order through Planet Naturopath we will organize the referral for you.
Is the test done at home?
Yes, you collect the samples at home which makes it easy and convenient to do the test
How long for results?
Once the lab receives the samples the results will be ready in 10 business days.
Can the DUTCH test be shipped from Australia, Europe, Asia, Africa, or South America?
Yes, the DUTCH hormone test can be done worldwide, the samples are very stable so they are easily shipped back to the lab and we can help organize the shipping.
How do blood samples compare to urine samples?
DUTCH Complete versus DUTCH Plus - which one should I choose?
For most people the DUTCH Complete test is enough, it is convenient to do as it only requires a urine sample, and it gives an overnight cortisol reading.
The DUTCH Plus requires saliva and urine samples and it does give a more specific cortisol awakening response but the sex hormones and other markers are exactly the same.