The Dutch Complete (Adrenal and Sex Hormone) is a comprehensive assessment of sex and adrenal hormones and their metabolites.
It can help identify the root causes of hormone imbalances in men. The test includes markers providing information about adrenal (stress) hormones as well as reproductive hormones (oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone).
Balanced levels of sex hormones throughout life are crucial for optimal health. Sex hormones influence reproductive capability and sexual characteristics. They contribute to the determination of our body shape, sexual character, motivation, behaviour and fertility. They fluctuate throughout life and imbalances in these pathways can result in a variety of symptoms.
The sex hormones oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone belong to the steroid hormone group, which also includes DHEA, testosterone and cortisol. They work together to influence cellular physiology in many ways through connected pathways.
This test test can be used to gather baseline measurements for the administration and monitoring of hormone replacement therapy, such as testosterone.
Over time, men experience a gradual loss of hormones produced in the gonads and adrenal glands. Declining testosterone and other anabolic hormones in men from the mid-30s onward may influence the age-related deteriorations in the body and function.
Testosterone and DHEA levels fall and oestrogen levels tend to rise. Male menopause, or what is also termed ‘andropause,’ can contribute to the following symptoms:
The rate of decline in testosterone levels varies in different individuals and is affected by chronic disease, such as obesity, illness, emotional stress, and medications. This decline can be decelerated by management of health and lifestyle factors.
Many men feel this is part of getting older and do not realise that we can investigate the hormone imbalances and address them to help optimise health.
The test measures testosterone, the stress hormones DHEA-S and Cortisol plus progesterone and oestrogen and their breakdown products. It covers 35 different hormones.
DUTCH stands for Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones – it’s a urine hormone test.
The DUTCH test is simple and easy to do. Urine samples are taken using filter paper, making the test suitable for use at home.
Please read the instructions that are included with the test.
48 hours prior to sample collection you will need to avoid the following foods, avocados, bananas and fava beans.
Some supplements may impact the result. If you take any of the following, please let your practitioner know: tyrosine, L-Dopa, D,L-phenylalanine (DLPA), mucuna and quercetin.
12 years and above.
Please return using the pre paid label and shipping instructions included with your test kit.
12 working days.
Your test results will be emailed to you.