Understanding the DUTCH Cycle Mapping Test
3rd October 2019
At the conclusion of the webinar, practitioners will be able to:
- Identify the graphs of the Cycle Mapping test and understand it in relation to menstrual cycle physiology
- Recognize when the Cycle Mapping test would add benefit to the clinical picture based on hormonal symptoms
- Identify various hormonal patterns through the use of case examples such as a normal cycle, luteal phase defect, menstrual migraines, estrogen dominance, ovulatory dysfunction and more.
For some women, testing reproductive hormones (progesterone, estrogen, etc.) on a single day is enough. In other scenarios, the clinical picture cannot be properly captured without “mapping” out the hormonal pattern throughout their menstrual cycle.
The expected pattern of hormones shows relatively low estrogen levels early in the cycle, a surge around ovulation and modest levels in the latter third of the cycle (the luteal phase). Progesterone levels, on the other hand, stay relatively low until after ovulation. After ovulation, levels ideally increase (>10-fold) and then drop back down at the end of the cycle. A disruption in this cycle can lead to infertility or hormonal imbalance.
The purpose of this webinar is to discuss the benefits of the DUTCH Cycle Mapping test especially for those women who experience hormonal symptoms throughout their cycle or at times other than the luteal phase (such as near ovulation). It is also beneficial for those women who struggle with fertility and menstrual migraines. Multiple case studies will be discussed showcasing various hormonal examples.
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