Dr. Emdur shares the negative aspects of saliva testing to analyze hormones.
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What are the negative aspects of saliva testing? There are several cons to saliva testing. Some of my patients can’t make any spit and they just have something called xerostomia and then, in that case I would go to a 24-hour urine analysis. It’s more inconvenient, you know, you have to stay at home for a 24-hour period, but it is also an excellent way to get the results. The other problem is, you know, there are, is variability in testing and, you know, the physician, practitioner has to find a lab that they feel comfortable with, that they can believe in the data and I think those are probably the two biggest hurdles.