About the test
The menopause insights blood test is a good way to assess your menopausal status.
We do this by checking the key hormones follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinising hormone (LH), and oestrogen (oestradiol).
Abnormal levels of these hormones may suggest that you are perimenopausal or postmenopausal. We also check your thyroid function as problems with the thyroid gland (which can become either overactive or underactive) can mimic the symptoms of the menopause.
While blood tests can provide important insights - it is not the complete picture and we cannot diagnose definitively from just the blood tests. It is important to consider your symptoms (such as irregular periods, hot flashes, and mood changes) along with your age, together with the hormonal tests when making a menopause diagnosis. We advise that you take these results to your healthcare practitioner.
What is menopause?
Menopause is a natural biological process that marks the end of a woman's reproductive years. It is defined as the permanent cessation of menstruation, and it typically occurs in women in their late 40s or early 50s, although the age at which menopause occurs can vary widely.
During menopause, a woman`s ovaries gradually produce fewer reproductive hormones, primarily estrogen and progesterone. This hormonal decline leads to various physical and hormonal changes in the body. The most common and recognizable symptoms of menopause include irregular menstrual cycles, hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, vaginal dryness, and changes in libido.
Once a woman has gone 12 consecutive months without a menstrual period, she is considered to have reached menopause. After menopause, the ovaries no longer release eggs, and a woman cannot become pregnant naturally. Additionally, the hormonal changes associated with menopause can impact bone health, cardiovascular health, and other aspects of overall well-being.
Menopause is a natural and inevitable phase in a woman`s life, and while it can come with certain challenges and symptoms, it is not a medical condition in itself. Many women find relief from menopausal symptoms through lifestyle changes, hormone replacement therapy (HRT), or other medical interventions, depending on their individual needs and preferences.
With our free Health Dashboard tool online, you can track your biomarkers over time and compare your results with previous ones. This feature provides a clear understanding of how your health is progressing and helps you make better-informed decisions about your well-being and any improvement on the fertility biomarkers.
What is perimenopause?
Perimenopause is the transitional phase that precedes menopause. It is the period during which a woman`s body undergoes hormonal changes in preparation for menopause, which is defined as the permanent cessation of menstruation.
Perimenopause typically begins in a woman`s late 30s or early 40s but can start earlier or later for some individuals. It can last for several years before menopause is officially reached.
Irregular Menstrual Cycles: One of the hallmark signs of perimenopause is irregular periods. Women may experience variations in the length of their menstrual cycles, heavier or lighter bleeding, or missed periods altogether.
Hormonal Fluctuations: Hormone levels, particularly estrogen and progesterone, can fluctuate during perimenopause. These fluctuations can lead to symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and vaginal dryness.
Changes in Fertility: While fertility declines during perimenopause, it is still possible for women to become pregnant, even if their menstrual cycles are irregular. As a result, contraception or family planning may still be necessary.
Physical and Psychological Symptoms: Perimenopausal symptoms can vary widely among women. Some may experience mild symptoms, while others may have more severe and disruptive ones. These can include changes in sleep patterns, fatigue, weight gain, and changes in libido.
- Follicle Stimulating Hormone
- Luteinizing Hormone
- Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
- Free T4
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