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How Your Saliva Reveals Your Health

Did you ever think about your saliva as a personal treasure which can reveal details about you, your health, and even your emotional condition? Did you ever imagine that a simple test of saliva could hold the answer to whether or not you can become pregnant today….or even predict in some way the best time to have intercourse to conceive either baby girl or boy? Saliva tests can be used today to assess the condition of your health. Today salivary diagnostics has developed into a dynamic field in the diagnosis of oral and systemic diseases. More often the use of oral fluids is becoming a method of diagnosis, disease monitoring, and decision making for patient care. But the most important aspect is that saliva testing has become more popular for use in home test devices such as to monitor a woman’s ovulation cycle and personal fertility. Salivary diagnostics has been the subject of recent meetings with the New York Academy of Sciences. It has evolved into a sophisticated science, and serves as a subset of the larger field of molecular diagnostics. Molecular diagnostics feeds into a wide range of disciplines including drug development and personalized medicine, and plays a major role in the discovery of biomarkers for the diagnosis of oral and systemic diseases.

It’s already proven that most of the biomarkers present in blood and urine can also be detected in a sample of saliva. Previously, a patient examination was obtained by a physician and sent out to a clinical diagnostic laboratory for chemical analysis of blood and/or urine samples. After some time the laboratory report is sent to the physician who then discloses the results to the patient. Usually oral (saliva) samples are only taken if there is suspicion of an oral infection or a mucosal biopsy is performed if an oral issue is suspected. However, there has been increasing interest in the use of saliva for the diagnosis of oral and systemic diseases, because saliva is easy to collect and does not require invasive procedures. The salivary diagnostic tests currently available include a variety of hormonal, ovulation, HIV, DNA and alcohol tests. Each test requires a small amount of saliva and produces rapid and very accurate results.

Most saliva hormone tests can uncover biochemical imbalances that can be underlying causes of conditions such as chronic stress, adrenal fatigue, anxiety, chronic fatigue, obesity, diabetes, depression, insomnia, and many other chronic conditions. In 2010 the NIH funded two exciting new studies including “Salivary biomarkers for early oral cancer detection”. The result of such studies is the possibility that cancer, heart disease and diabetes can soon be diagnosed using a simple spit test. Researchers say using saliva samples could help save time and money for both patients and doctors, because it means more people would have access to preliminary medical examinations through testing of their saliva.

One of the saliva hormone tests is for perimenopause, menopause and andropause. Knowing your hormone levels using saliva is an important first step in assessing where your hormones may be out of balance and determining whether your current natural hormone regimen is working for you. If you are wondering whether certain symptoms may be due to a hormone imbalance, this is a quick, easy, and accurate way to find out.

When a woman has difficulty conceiving, the most common reasons is that her estrogen hormone level is too high or too low. Using the Saliva Tester KNOWNEN®, and monitoring those results on the KNOWHEN® Fertility Monitor App, will help a woman observe the biological effect of the estrogen hormone level which is correlated with her ovulation cycle (“FERN” effect). Saliva testing is more accurate than urine tests for checking ovulation because it’s not based on chemicals but rather reads your natural biological rhythm. According to the Clinical Study that was published in 2015 in the U.S. THE DETECTION OF A SALIVARY FERNING PATTERN USING THE KNOWHEN OVULATION MONITORING SYSTEM AS AN INDICATOR OF OVULATION” it was indicated that the presence or absence of a ferning pattern in saliva correlated or was the same as the actual documentation of ovulation using transvaginal ultrasound examination and blood tests.

Today saliva testing is replacing many traditional testing methods. Currently, the most common method to evaluate your steroid hormone levels is with a blood test. However, hormone saliva testing has many advantages to blood testing and it’s highly accurate (92-96% accuracy rate). Hormone saliva testing is much more convenient because it does not require a blood draw and it can be done in the privacy of your home. Saliva is also stable and viable for several weeks and when necessary it gives you the ability to collect more than one specimen within 24 hours.

Wouldn’t you agree that saliva testing is much better and safer than other testing methods?

Another saliva tests available today is for testing Adrenal Hormones. The hormones your adrenal glands produce help to regulate your reaction to stress. Levels of the main adrenal hormone cortisol, rise and fall in a daily pattern that underlies the more erratic fluctuations caused by the stress response. Cortisol output by your adrenal glands is one of the most reliable indicators of your adrenal function and how well your body is dealing with stress. The Cortisol/DHEAS Saliva Test measures the level of the stress hormones DHEAS and cortisol in your saliva, and provides an evaluation of how cortisol levels differ throughout the day.

By using a sample of saliva, you can measure a number of hormones such as Estrogen and Progesterone. The Estrogen hormone is responsible for many the functions in the body such as relief of menopausal symptoms and protects against osteoporosis, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, colon cancer, incontinence and tooth loss. The Progesterone hormone enhances mental acuity and memory as well as increases serotonin and endorphin levels.

Saliva tests could:

  • Revolutionize the way serious diseases are currently diagnosed
  • Lead to much earlier diagnosis and treatment
  • Be more convenient for patients as they wouldn’t need to see a doctor for testing – they would just swab their mouth and send the sample away for analysis or spit on the lens and have the results in minutes.

After being in the fertility field for more than 15 years and meeting with thousands of women, I would like to stress to you the importance of checking your body’s hormone balance. Test it regularly! Millions of women wake up each morning with the same question: “Am I able to get pregnant today?” Now you know that the answer is in your saliva and it’s a good habit to test it daily. By checking one drop of your saliva every morning you can understand your biological functions and better manage your personal family planning goals at every stage of your life. I learned about it 16 years ago and the whole science world has known about it since 1945. Now you know too.

I will continue repeating: “It is the 21st Century. You can stop guessing and take control of your fertility and therefore your life! You can unlock the secret of your unique body and enjoy the Freedom of Choices and Peace of Mind regarding your health and personal fertility”.

About Helen Denise

Founder, fertility advocator, author, speaker, actor, award-winner and business woman, Helen Denise is all about women’s health. For the past 15 years, she has used her extensive knowledge honed from years of research and experience to focus on her passion. That is, to reach women trying to conceive or searching for a natural family planning solution and give them the tools to understand their unique fertility cycle. Helen’s passion was born out of a near-death experience from an unplanned ectopic pregnancy and a desire to better understand her body. Since 2009, Helen has served as the Founder and CEO of HiLin Life Products, Inc., maker of the innovative, next-generation, clinically tested and FDA approved KNOWHEN® Saliva Ovulation Test and Fertility Monitor App. The company originated the Saliva Ovulation Test category in the U.S and has been featured in TIME, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, FORBES, Star Ledger, Chicago Tribune, Disney, Yahoo and many other publications. She regularly blogs about issues affecting women’s health. In 2000, Helen Denise started her first business and was the President of MaybeMOM, Inc., a global multi-million dollar, award-winning business. Previously, she held several leadership roles at Zepter International over the course of seven years, starting in her native Russia before migrating to the US as the National Sales Director for the USA and Mexico and leading an organization of over 500 people. While there, she produced over 100 TV shows in three years while also serving as the producer, host and editor of the programs. She fundamentally believes women should not set boundaries on their dreams, let belief, hope and love accompany their life’s journey, and never give up “no matter what!” Helen Denise has won numerous prestigious awards including iParenting, Sharkette Tank, Company Most Likely to Succeed and InovateHer. She holds several product patents and has also appeared in various roles on TV and in film, plus worked behind the scenes in production. Ms. Denise has been a proud citizen of the USA since 2002 and holds a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the Civil Engineering Institute in Moscow Russia, 1982.

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  1. I am seeing all the time the saliva testing for DNA on TV shows and right here you only prove that there is so much more to it. I wish saliva testing was more generally made to the benefit of us all!

  2. Wow. I didn’t realize that saliva could be used to test for all of that! I definitely agree that saliva testing seems much better and safer than other testing methods. Why do so many doctors still insist on using urine and blood samples then? I don’t think I’ve ever had a saliva test done. I’ve had throat swaps to test for things such as strep, but that’s about it. Thanks for sharing this! I’m going to have to ask my doctor about it. I would much rather spit and have that tested over having a needle going in my vein for a blood sample!

    • I watched a lot of CSI tv shows so I do know that saliva allows us to test a lot of things concerning our health. Why doctors still use urine and blood samples most likely is related with the available technology and the costs associated to it.

  3. Saliva testing for ovarian cycle activity was around in the 1980s. A friend was having difficulty conceiving had this test (that was in the UK). I’m sure it is much more sophisticated these days – and more accurate. It makes sense that it can be used for other diagnostic tests for hormone levels.

    What’s great about it is that it is so noninvasive and to know that it can be used for testing for other illnesses is good news.

  4. I had no idea that this test already existed back in the 1980s! Surely that today the test is way more accurate and is being used for other situations.

    It’s great to see medicine being developed in a simple way without side effects.

  5. This is a really great piece. I’m thrilled to discover that there is such a non-invasive way to get a lot of those tests done. But if it’s so much better and safer, then how come it’s not being more widely used?

  6. Well I never would have thought that you could get so much from a saliva sample. I guess it really goes to show you all the advances in the medical field that we have seen in the last couple of years. I have to agree with the other users in the delight that it is non-invasive, because that is certainly a welcomed change of pace for what happens in the doctor’s office. Thanks for sharing.

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