Are you thinking about trying, are actively trying, or are struggling to become pregnant? Understanding your hormones and maximizing your nutritional status, decreasing stress, and focusing on wellness is critical and essential.
According to statistics by DUTCH Test®, data shows that average couples trying to conceive without assisted reproductive technology (ART) will become pregnant in about 3-4 months. In addition, on their first try, only about 30% of women become pregnant, and 80% become pregnant by month 6 (if trying for six consecutive months). Of course, this does not consider the health of the egg, sperm, nutritional status, or the hormones involved.
Ovulatory issues are the primary reason women struggle with conception. For some, this means complete anovulation, meaning “not ovulating.” We also treat women who ovulate too late or too early in a cycle. If you only have periods a few times a year or have cycles fewer than 28 days apart, this is a problem. Earlier and later, ovulation can cause infertility or prolong the process of conceiving naturally. However, it is more important to recognize that these are symptoms of deeper hormonal imbalances that need to be addressed. If you want a natural approach to balancing your hormones, managing your stress, maximizing your nutrition, and improving your overall wellness to create an improved environment for pregnancy, we can help.
For women that do not ovulate or do not ovulate very well, progesterone levels will not be healthy. This reduces the chances of implantation and increases the risk of miscarriage. Women with unhealthy levels of estrogen may not stimulate the LH surge to stimulate ovulation, thus not releasing an egg. Furthermore, women with high estrogen levels may experience common ‘estrogen dominant’ symptoms. These can include breast tenderness, mood swings, and heavy bleeding, etc. If a woman’s phase 2 estrogen detoxification is not appropriate, this may indicate a more significant folate issue, which is critical to fetal development. Low levels of metabolized cortisol may be caused as a result of a subclinical (or overt) hypothyroid issue. This low functioning thyroid condition reduces the ability to become pregnant. Using Cycle Mapping testing, we can look at the hormone pattern revealing rises, falls, or flat-line levels of hormones that are abnormal. Additionally, we can assess your thyroid function and cortisol levels to make sure they are optimal for pregnancy.
The DUTCH Complete test is normally performed on days 19, 20, or 21 of a 28-day cycle. This is done to properly assess luteal phase progesterone levels plus estrogen, estrogen metabolism, DHEAs, and DHEA metabolites, testosterone, melatonin, metabolized cortisol, and free cortisol (with the free cortisol pattern). In the course of the month, the DUTCH Cycle Mapping Test is collected in order to graph progesterone and estrogen patterns from the follicular phase to the luteal phase.
DUTCH testing reveals both hormone levels and their metabolites. In other words, we can see (for example) if a hormone imbalance is due to influx (too much being made) or the fact that the liver is not adequately metabolizing something. Additionally, it breaks down each hormone and its specific pathways to paint a picture of what is going on and what is going wrong. Based on each assessment, we can better help our patients develop a plan of action to reach their health, wellness, or fertility goals.
For women who suspect or have been told they have PCOS, our DUTCH Cycle Mapping test shows estrogen and progesterone patterns offering a more in-depth picture of what is going on, especially in longer or anovulatory cycles. It is also highly recommended for any woman with an irregular, unpredictable period. This test is not for postmenopausal women, a woman on birth control, or those who have regular, predictable cycles.
These test help women understand the underlying cause of:
- Unexplained Infertility
- Irregular Cycles
- Weight Gain
- Cystic Acne
- Facial Hair
- Mood Swings
- Low Libido
- Hot Flashes
- Insomnia or trouble sleeping
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