Women have different attitudes towards menopause. Some women embrace menopause as a natural and liberating experience, whilst others consider it a hot flushy nightmare. Many women don't realise they're experiencing menopause at all and attribute their symptoms to stress or their lifestyle.
This simple menopause blood test monitors your hormone changes to predict the onset of menopause, and eliminates the guesswork.
Typically women reach menopause at around 51 years of age when the ovaries start winding down. Perimenopause is where the hormonal symptoms of menopause start and can last anywhere from a few months to several years. Unpredictable hormone fluctuations can cause headaches, irregular periods, hot flushes, night sweats, sleeping difficulties, frequent urination, mood swings and facial hair. These symptoms typically disappear once the ovaries have officially retired.
Pending the outcome of your menopause blood test, our medical professionals can give you advice on how to manage your symptoms.
This blood test measures the levels of key hormones that change with peri-menopause. This menopause blood test can also be used to monitor Hormone Replacement Therapy.
Levels decline with age and results in menopause when the ovaries stop producing eggs. Low levels of oestradiol can lead to osteoporosis, problems with the menstrual cycle and fertility, as well as fatigue and depression.
The sex hormone produced mainly in the ovaries following ovulation and is a crucial part of the menstrual cycle. Progesterone helps to combat PMS and period pain issues, assists fertility and promotes calmness and quality of sleep.
Important in the production of eggs by the ovaries. Levels of FSH rise in women as egg production declines, therefore raised FSH is an indicator of the onset of the menopause.
Governs the menstrual cycle, peaking before ovulation. Raised LH can signal that you are not ovulating, are menopausal or that your hormones are not in balance (as with polycystic ovaries).
A normal FSH:LH ratio is 1. However if FSH levels are much higher than LH levels then this suggests poor ovarian reserve.
A long-acting adrenal hormone which regulates energy production, the immune system, brain chemistry, bone formation, muscle tone and libido. DHEA-S is converted by the body into testosterone and other sex hormones.
High levels commonly seen in polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) which can lead to difficulties in conceiving. Symptoms can include irregular periods, loss of hair from the head, excess facial and body hair, unexplained weight gain and acne.
Most testosterone is strongly bound to sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG). This test measures the proportion of unbound testosterone which is available to the body's tissues.
Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) is a protein that binds tightly to testosterone and oestradiol. Changes in SHBG levels can affect the amount of hormone that is available to be used by the body's tissues.
If still menstruating, test should be completed on Day 17 of the cycle (where day 1 is first day of bleeding).
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Take your form to one of our affiliated collection centres to have your sample taken - www.i-screen.com.au/blood-testing-centres.