Menopause Test

Menopause Test

£62.99

This is a home blood test kit for detecting Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) in urine. This may help you determine if you are in menopause or perimenopause.

During perimenopause, hormone tests are generally not helpful because hormone levels change throughout the menstrual cycle. Sometimes testing is done to check specific hormone levels, especially to evaluate fertility problems or when periods stop at an early age.

This can help women make decisions about beginning or adjusting treatment. For some women, it may make sense to test for other causes of symptoms that can mimic perimenopause, such as thyroid disease.

 

What exactly is menopause?

Menopause is the period in a woman's life when menstruation ceases for at least 12 months. Perimenopause is the period preceding menopause and can persist for several years. Menopause can occur as early as your early 40s or as late as your 60s.


What exactly is FSH?

The pituitary gland produces a hormone called follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). Each month, FSH levels rise momentarily to encourage your ovaries to make eggs. When you reach menopause and your ovaries stop producing eggs, your FSH levels rise.


Why should you take this exam?

If you want to discover if your symptoms, such as irregular periods, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, or sleep issues, are caused by menopause, you should take this test. While many women have little or no discomfort during the menopausal stages, others may experience moderate to severe discomfort and may seek therapy to reduce their symptoms. When you see your doctor, this test may help you be more informed about your present condition.


How reliable is this test?

These tests will detect FSH about 9 out of 10 times. Menopause or perimenopause are not detected by this test. FSH levels may rise and decline during your menstrual cycle as you become older. Even though your hormone levels fluctuate, your ovaries continue to produce eggs, and you can still become pregnant. Your exam will be determined by whether or not you utilized your first morning pee, drank a lot of water before the test, and you use or have just ceased using oral or patch contraception, hormone replacement treatment, or estrogen supplements.