The Comprehensive Hormone Insights (CHI) is a detailed urine analysis that measures steroid hormones and their metabolites based on four samples collected over 24 hours. It provides insight into diurnal variation of cortisol levels at the same time providing results comparable to those obtained from a 24-hour collection.
Measuring both hormones and their metabolites can give a better overall picture of hormone production. For example, a urine steroid hormone profile on someone with low salivary cortisol could show normal cortisol production, but high levels of metabolites. In other words, he/she is producing enough cortisol, it’s just getting broken down into its metabolites very quickly. There are also some metabolites that are important markers for breast cancer risk that can only be measured in urine.
With serum and saliva hormone spot-testing, it isn’t possible to track variations in hormone release throughout the day – what we call the circadian rhythm. In contrast, the standard 24-hour urine collection reflects the total hormone output in a 24-hour period. With the Comprehensive Hormones Insights test, you get the best of all methods.
Why Test Urine Steroids?
To get the best picture of overall steroid hormone production, or to see how supplemented hormones are being broken down by the body, a urine steroid hormone profile is the right choice.
**Description courtesy of Rocky Mountain Analytical