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By Banks Chiropractic on 10/16/2015 11:24 AM

It is beneficial for women to keep track of their hormone levels in order to maintain proper breast health for life.

There are several different ways to evaluate breast health. We can use blood, saliva or urine testing; measuring estrogen levels. I mostly use blood hormone testing because it has fewer variables, more published data, and is more likely to be covered under insurance.

Estrogen interacts with other hormones, so levels do change from day to day and minute to minute. Free estradiol is the primary active estrogen, but there are active metabolites that cannot be ignored. Levels fluctuate depending on time of the month, during menopause transition and as a result of many other factors. 2-OH and 16-OH the active metabolites of estrogen are available. When estrogen is evaluated it must also include progesterone levels.

Women usually do not need more estrogen. In fact, they probably need help with hormone metabolism.