Sex Hormone Testing From Genova Diagnostics
Before you have any saliva testing for sex hormones, you should know in advance that the following drugs and herbs may influence the levels of hormones reported in this test.
Melatonin (at doses greater than 5 mg),
Oral steroids (e.g. Prednisone),
Cortisone creamand any steroid-based nasal sprays, inhalers, or eye
Let your Medical Practitioner know about these and any other medications, herbs, and supplements that you have used in the past 3 months before taking the test. Do not change use of supplements or medications unless instructed to do so by your Medical Practitioner or Therapist.The “normal” range for hormone levels reported on this test was determined with individuals who were not taking hormone supplements (including pills, patches, and creams). Transdermal (cream) hormones will generally produce artificially high levels in the saliva that do not correlate with blood levels. This increase may last for weeks to months after discontinuing use.