Need your advice to check my hormone and cortisol levels

#1

Hi all.

I am going to do a hormone and cortisol test soon.

In your opinion. Is an extensive urine test a reliable way to gauge hormone and cortisol levels? If not, what would be a more reliable alternative?

Thanks in advance for your guidance.

#2

The test I have in mind is a so-called “Dutch Complete” test.

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#3

I’m not sure what’s reliable or what’s not but I’ll say that I had a 24 hour urine cortisol test that came back normal and I’ve had a 24 hour saliva test that showed low levels all day.

#4

Thanks for the answer. Have you experienced things such as fatigue and brain fog?

#5

Every day man, every fuckin day

#6

I’ve also had blood cortisol that showed high cortisol like a year ago so I don’t know what to do and doctors won’t do anything

#7

Very sorry to hear that. My fatigue has been extreme this last month.

Even going for a walk has felt like being in a boxing fight.

#8

Isn’t there medicine that lowers cortisol?

#9

Adaptogens can help lower cortisol. As can practicing stoicism and being out in nature.

A good hack is to get a HRV moinotor and heartsense app (or one similar) so that your phone buzzes anytime your HRV rises (a trigger stresses you).

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#10

I there anything in particular one should keep in mind/follow when doing a hormone test?

Regarding orgasm/sexual acitivity for example?

Should one abstain/not abstain from orgasm for a certain amount of time to get “accurate” test results?

Would really appreciate some tips.

#11

Probably just not the day of or before.

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#12

I wouldn’t take anything that lowers cortisol until you know where you’re levels are at. Just in case they are already low

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#13

I asked several Endocrinologists to check my levels too because, I was suspecting cushings but, all of them said cortisol readings are not trustable, it can vary a lot in day unless you have an adrenal tumor or heavy insufficiency it is meaningless and last one checked it was perfectly normal also acth was also in perfect range.

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#14

Thanks a lot for your answers and tips.

The thing is, I want to exclude heavy insufficiency so I will go through with the test.

If there is anything else I should keep in mind, please let me know.

Thanks a lot gyus.