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Top 5 Reasons You Should Be Using The DUTCH Test​

5 Reasons You Should Use DUTCH Test

The Dutch Test is a comprehensive hormone panel used to assess hormone imbalance in all stages of reproduction from pre-menopause to postmenopause.

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Top 5 Reasons to Use DUTCH Test

  1. For women on hormone replacement therapy, the Dutch test is an effective way to monitor the levels of the hormones you are using. This is a test that works exceptionally well for oral progesterone, vaginal hormone creams, patches and pellets.

  2. The DUTCH test measures melatonin levels. Melatonin is produced 2 hours before bedtime helping you become relaxed and sleepy. If you are experiencing problems with sleep knowing your melatonin levels could be helpful in finding the right treatment for you.

  3. Another reason you should use DUTCH test is because it measures your DHEA-S levels. Your adrenal glands produce DHEA, which is known as the “feel-good” or “Vitality” hormone. Low levels can lead to fatigue, decreased muscle mass and bone density, depression, aching muscles, reduced immunity, and loss of libido.

  4. Some women have symptoms of estrogen dominance like PMS, heavy bleeding, menstrual cramps, fibroids, and endometriosis. In estrogen dominance women produce too much estrogen and too little progesterone and typically aren’t able to clear old estrogens out of the body. The DUTCH test will not only measure levels of estrogen and progesterone but your estrogen metabolism as well. When your estrogen metabolism is healthy you will be able to bind and clear estrogens effectively reducing symptoms of estrogen dominance.

  5. The DUTCH test measures your adrenal function. As we deal with stress through life and as our sex hormones decrease with age our adrenal glands work to fulfill the needs. If not properly supported they can become insufficient in their cortisol output increasing abdominal weight gain, causing blood sugar issues, and fatigue.

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What Does The DUTCH Test Measure?


The DUTCH test takes hormone health to a new level by measuring not only your hormone levels but also their metabolites, giving you a complete picture of your hormone production and breakdown.

Sex Hormones & Metabolites

    • Estrogens: Essential for fertility, PMS, and menopausal symptoms, this hormone is crucial for overall health.

    • Estrogen Metabolites: Shows how your body processes and detoxifies estrogen, which can impact your risk for various cancers, cysts, and fibroids.

    • Testosterone: Vital for both men and women, the optimal levels of this hormone are linked to vitality, mood, fertility, and performance.

    • Progesterone Metabolites: Indicates your total progesterone levels, which can affect PMS symptoms and fertility.

    • Androgen Metabolites of DHEAS and Testosterone: Evaluates how well your body processes testosterone, which can impact hair loss, skin health, and prostate cancer risk.

Adrenal Hormones & Metabolites

    • Total Metabolized Cortisol: Reflects your cortisol production throughout the day and guides your treatment plan.

    • Total Cortisone: Shows how quickly your body deactivates cortisol to cortisone.

    • Free Cortisol: Indicates the active cortisol levels in your body and helps guide treatment.

    • Free Cortisone: Evaluates cortisol deactivation to cortisone, important for treatment planning.

    • Tetrahydrocortisone & Cortisol Metabolites: Provide insight into cortisol metabolism.

    • DHEAs: A precursor to testosterone and estrogen, its levels can indicate PCOS and adrenal insufficiency.

Organic Acids

    • Neurotransmitters, B12, B6, Glutathione: New markers added to the DUTCH test.


    • 6-OH-Melatonin-Sulfate: Measures melatonin production, which affects sleep quality and overall health.

Why DUTCH Test is a must for HRT 

The Dutch test is a comprehensive hormone test that measures hormones and hormone metabolites (broken down hormones) in urine. It is an effective way to monitor the levels of hormones used in hormone replacement therapy (HRT) such as oral progesterone, vaginal hormone creams, patches and pellets.


The Dutch test was designed to be optimally effective for most forms of HRT. It uses unique methods for improved monitoring of oral progesterone and vaginal hormones. The Dutch test measures melatonin levels as well.


It’s important to note that the Dutch test is not the only hormone test available. Other tests include blood tests and saliva tests. However, the Dutch test has been shown to be more accurate than other tests.

Why Women Should Take The DUTCH Test

If you’re experiencing symptoms like fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, depression, motivation, libido, estrogen dominance, and stress, it might be time to consider the DUTCH test.


This test can help identify the underlying cause of your symptoms so you can start addressing it.

But what if you’re feeling good and don’t have any symptoms? Should you still get tested?

It’s up to you, but we think it’s always a good idea to have a clear understanding of how your body processes hormones. That’s why we recommend the DUTCH Complete hormone test for all women, even if you’re feeling great.


Stay ahead of potential health risks by understanding your hormone levels. The results from this test can help you reduce the risk of illnesses such as breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and fibroids, especially if you have a family history of these conditions.


Don’t procrastinate, be proactive and informed about your health by keeping track of your hormones.


From DUTCH Test Results to BHRT Benefits

Interested in how Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can offer relief from menopause symptoms? Discover the benefits of BHRT in perimenopause and menopause.

Video – Dr. Alexis Explains DUTCH Test