Saliva hormone testing

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Saliva hormone testing is an effort to determine the amount of hormones found in saliva. Though promoted as an accurate way of determining hormone levels in the body, it does not represent either the amount of hormones in the blood, or their biological activity. Saliva testing is often used as part of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, though it has been criticized for being expensive, unnecessary and meaningless.[1][2][3]

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  1. ^ Boothby LA, Doering PL (August 2008). "Bioidentical hormone therapy: a panacea that lacks supportive evidence". Curr. Opin. Obstet. Gynecol. 20 (4): 400–7. doi:10.1097/GCO.0b013e3283081ae9. PMID 18660693. 
  2. ^ McBane, SE (2008). "Easing vasomotor symptoms: Besides HRT, what works?". Journal of the American Academy of Physicians Assistants. 21 (4): 26–31. doi:10.1097/01720610-200804000-00012. PMID 18468366. 
  3. ^ Fugh-Berman, A; Bythrow J (2007). "Bioidentical hormones for menopausal hormone therapy: variation on a theme". Journal of General Internal Medicine. 22 (7): 1030–4. doi:10.1007/s11606-007-0141-4. PMC 2219716Freely accessible. PMID 17549577.