First read: Why All Women Should Take the Dutch Hormone Test
I recently retested my own Dutch from last year and saw some interesting changes for the better. It inspired me to write a bit more about why and when you’d want to retake your Dutch test.
WHY retake this test?
The reason to retake this test is to see if the interventions you’ve done have been useful! Then you can re-evaluate the next steps.
WHEN to retake this test?
This does depend on your case, for sure. For most women I recommend six to 12 months for a retest. In my case, it was my adrenals that needed serious work and I gave it a full year before retesting.
My Dutch hormone retest
My cortisol diurnal curve in 2016 was one of the worst I’ve seen. Cortisol was way too high, and my diurnal curve was backward! Why did this happen? STRESS!
In the fall of 2016 these things happened:
- My special needs son got abruptly kicked out of a private home charter school right after the start of the 6th grade. Long story, the short of it is the teacher showed a cruel and heartless side, and afterward, we found out she sorely misrepresented her credentials and experience. This event was a trauma for our family.
- We found an appropriate school in a nearby city (where he had a hugely successful 6th – 8th grade), applied for the January term, put our house on the market, moved into temporary housing, and spent every weekend looking for a home in the new town.
- While doing this I was suddenly forced into homeschooling for the first time, while working, and finishing a functional medicine training.
- November 4th Trump was elected.
- At the very end of December, we moved to the new town.
No wonder I gained weight, stopped sleeping, got inflamed, and was exhausted! I was a mama lion and fiercely stood up for my son, got my family moved (TWICE) while homeschooling and working and studying and processing the election. Have you had times in your life like this, when everything explodes (or implodes) for months on end? Times like this are when the adrenals can take a hard hit.
My 2016 Dutch test:
What looks wrong with this picture? My cortisol diurnal rhythm was literally upside down! At night it was high and during the day it was low. This explained all my symptoms and made perfect sense.
I did a course of focused treatment to restore my adrenal function, which always involves working with the nervous system as well. Adrenals don’t have their own intelligence, they are instructed by signals from the brain, specifically the hypothalamus and pituitary glands.
A year later, I redid the Dutch test:
After a year of deep, focused healing, I’m happy to say my 2017 retest shows that I managed to fix my diurnal curve. It definitely reflects how I feel: I am sleeping well, have good energy during the day, and am managing stress well. Check out 2017:
Look at this beautiful curve! It took roughly a year to recover from that 4-month period of upheaval and trauma.
This is just one example of how a Dutch retest can show results from deep healing.
You can order your Dutch test and then book a single consult with me for analysis and a treatment plan!