Salivary testosterone measurements: collecting, storing, and mailing saliva samples

Physiol Behav. 1991 Apr;49(4):815-7. doi: 10.1016/0031-9384(91)90323-g.


Salivary testosterone measurements can be especially useful in field studies, but reliable ways of collecting and handling samples need to be established. Using cotton dental rolls to collect saliva leads to inflated testosterone scores. Sugarfree gum can be used satisfactorily to stimulate saliva among both male and female subjects. Leaving unpreserved saliva samples at room temperature for 2 weeks or mailing them unrefrigerated is satisfactory for male subjects but leads to inflated scores for female subjects.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Freezing
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Postal Service
  • Reference Values
  • Saliva / chemistry*
  • Specimen Handling / methods*
  • Testosterone / analysis*


  • Testosterone