When should I collect my sample if I am taking hormones?

Please continue taking your hormones. There is no need to stop your hormone therapy. Just follow the directions below for sample collection, in the case of different hormone types.

Topical Hormones (Cream or Gel) 

DO NOT APPLY ANY TOPICAL HORMONES THROUGHOUT THE DAY OF SAMPLE COLLECTION. Collect sample 12-24 hours AFTER the last dose.

Sublingual Hormones or Troches (Dissolved under Tongue)

DO NOT USE ANY SUBLINGUAL HORMONES THROUGHOUT THE DAY OF SALIVA COLLECTION. Collect saliva 24-36 hours AFTER the last dose.
Oral Hormones (Pills) If taking Progesterone: Collect saliva 6-10 hours AFTER the last dose. For all other hormones: Collect saliva 12-24 hours AFTER the last dose.

Transdermal Patches

Collect saliva 1 -2 days AFTER applying the patch.

CONSULT WITH YOUR PROVIDER for instructions if you are taking cortisol supplementation for adrenal support. When testing cortisol (for baseline adrenal function), STOP USING CORTISOL-CONTAINING PRODUCTS 5 DAYS PRIOR TO SALIVA COLLECTION.

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