What does it measure?
The Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones (DUTCH) is a proprietary test created by Precision Analytical that effectively measures hormone metabolites in women and men from dried urine samples. Measured hormones include:
DUTCH variants applied as-needed
Why do I use it?
DUTCH provides me with a valuable benchmark of your hormonal health with a comprehensive view of your adrenal health through insights into adrenal-brain communication, known as the HPA axis (hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal). It is critical to evaluate how physical and psychological stressors affect the HPA axis throughout the day.
If you’re taking exogenous bio-identical hormones, this test shows how you’re metabolizing those hormones. For example, if you’re taking estrogen, you want to make sure your liver is metabolizing it down the healthy 2-OH pathway. If it’s not, the test helps determine what lifestyle, dietary, and supplement support would be helpful. It also provides a more accurate marker than serum levels when women are taking oral progesterone.
I use DUTCH test results to inform the personalized treatment protocols that are the foundation of my practice.
When do I use it?
Common symptoms that warrant detailed hormonal analysis include:
How to take the test
Use provided test strips to dip in your urine at specific times throughout a 24-hour period, in the comfort of your home. Dip the strips, let them dry, and mail them in a provided envelope for analysis. Results are usually available in 1-2 weeks.