Topical Hormone Delivery

Many providers today face the challenge of helping patients cope with hormone imbalance. Whether that’s women suffering from hot flashes and night sweats or men troubled by symptoms of low T, accurate testing is the best way to make sure dosing is optimal to achieve balance.

When doing this assessment, however, it’s important to understand that matching the type of testing with the type of supplementation has a great impact on the Clinical usefulness of results. If you’re measuring with the wrong method, tissue uptake of supplemented hormone may not be accurately reflected in test results, leading to inappropriate dosing.

For example, using serum testing to assess patients treating with topical hormones is a poor choice – because it grossly underestimates the amount of hormone being delivered to tissues and can lead to the prescribing of excessive dosages in an attempt to raise the serum level.

So what’s the best way to measure hormone levels in patients using different hormone delivery systems, to make sure you’re dosing correctly? The answer is that it depends on the type of supplementation being used. It’s not one-size-fits-all.

See the useful chart below to help guide your decision:

Guide to steroid hormone testing

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View the "Topical Hormone Delivery" Webinar presented by ZRT Laboratory's Chief Scientist & CEO, Dr. David Zava