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Menopause Health

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Our menopause blood test is for women who are in the menopause and are no longer having periods. Check at risk health markers as well as hormone health.
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Why take the Menopause
health test?

The menopause has a significant impact on women’s mental and physical health. Our menopause test kit is a health check designed to give women an understanding of the key areas of their body which are impacted by the menopause. Having access to this data will help you take positive steps to boost your wellbeing and reduce the increased health risks caused by the change in hormones.  

This menopause blood test analyses biomarkers which support good bone health, cardiovascular health as well as hormone health including oestrogen, progesterone, testosterone, thyroid function and cortisol. The changes in hormone levels significantly impact your risk of developing heart disease and osteoporosis. This is why our menopause test also includes magnesium, vitamin D as well as a cholesterol panel.

For those who are taking HRT, this test will help to measure and monitor the impact on your progesterone and oestradiol levels.

When to take This test

The sample for this test should be collected before 10 am. As women doing this test are no longer having periods, the test can be taken on any day during the month. If you are still having a period, we recommenend our Female Hormone Mapping test. For those on HRT, please wash hands throughly to ensure removal of hormone gel residue.

Impact Of Menopause
On Mental Health

In addition to the well-recognised physical symptoms associated with the menopause, the drop in hormones can cause changes in mood. Feelings of anxiety and low mood can be made worse by other menopausal symptoms like a lack of sleep.

It’s estimated that 61% of women who are at the perimenopause stage experience low mood or mild depression. Research shows that an increase in these feelings at this stage are associated with fluctuations in progesterone and oestrogen.

Other conditions such as an overactive thyroid become more likely as age increases and can trigger anxiety. That’s why our menopause health check measures your thyroid hormone levels, so you can see if your thyroid function may be contributing to mood swings and other symptoms.

There are steps you can take to help improve your mental health such as eating healthily, reducing alcohol and caffeine intake. Exercise is also a good mood booster and helps to relieve stress. Activities such as yoga and meditation are also beneficial for mental wellness.

Read our study of how menopause affects women in the workplace.

Explore our ground-breaking new product

Female Hormone Mapping

Our next generation Female Hormone Mapping™ product combines artificial intelligence, with blood analysis and clinical expertise to provide you with personalised insights into your key female hormone fluctuations over your entire menstrual cycle. This gives you the data you need to understand if you’re in the perimenopause.

It also provides you with an innovative measurement of your hormone networks so you can track changes in your ovarian responsiveness and the speed of your transition towards the menopause.

Impact Of Menopause On Bone & heart Health

Bone Health

Oestrogen is an important protector of bone health during a woman’s reproductive life. The reduction in oestrogen during the menopause can therefore have a negative impact on bone health. So much so that osteoporosis is the most prevalent disease in postmenopausal women.

Oestrogen deficiency reduces the normal bone turnover and results in rapid bone loss in the first few years after menopause. Ultimately, it causes weakened bones and an increased risk of fractures. 

Other risk factors for osteoporosis, include:

  • Smoking
  • Low bone density
  • Being petite and having a low muscle mass

It’s important to ensure you are getting enough vitamin D and calcium through your diet and lifestyle. Consider taking vitamin D supplements, particularly during winter months. Weight bearing exercise is also essential in building and maintaining strong bones. 

Heart Health

Declining oestrogen levels are also implicated in the increased risk of developing heart disease in post-menopausal women.

Experts believe that oestrogen has a protective effect on the lining of the artery walls by keeping them flexible. With increasing age and reducing oestrogen levels, the blood vessels can become stiff which is a risk factor for heart attacks and stroke.

The decline in oestrogen also causes the arteries to narrow and can lead to a build up of fatty plaques on the artery walls. The build-up of plaque restricts blood flow to organs including the heart and brain.

By analysing your good and bad cholesterol as well as triglyceride levels, you can assess your risk of heart disease as you transition through the menopause.

Your results will enable you to implement lifestyle changes to help reduce your risk, such as adopting a low-fat diet or increasing your physical activity.

improve your unique self

Want to improve your health & wellbeing? Forth gives you insight into your body’s key biomarkers. By tracking essential markers overtime you can build a picture of your own unique self and discover how your body responds to the changes you make so you can reach your personal best.

Frequently asked questions

 Here are some of the most frequently asked questions. If you need anything else try our help section.

  • What is menopause?

    The menopause is a time in a woman’s life when she stops having periods and reaches the end of her reproductive life. It is usually a gradual process as she transitions through three stages, perimenopause, menopause, and post-menopause.
    The average age of menopause in the UK is 51. Some women experience some unpleasant symptoms as changes to hormone levels occur. For example, the sudden drop in oestrogen during menopause is to blame for symptoms including hot flushes and night sweats.

  • Can you get pregnant when you are in the menopause?

    It is possible to fall pregnant during the menopause. Therefore, women are advised to use contraception for two years after they had their last period if their last period was before the age of 50 and for one year if their last period occurred after the age of 50.

    Therefore, it is important to note that there is no biochemical test which can rule out the possibility of further ovulation, including our at home menopause check. Read More.

  • Will I need hormone replacement therapy (HRT)?

    Hormone replacement therapy is considered the most effective treatment for the management of menopausal symptoms. It works by replacing the hormones whose levels decrease at the time of menopause. There are three main hormones used in HRT, oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone and it comes in a variety of preparations including tablets, implants, gel, and skin patches.

    The main benefit of HRT is it helps to relieve most menopausal symptoms like low mood, hot flushes and night sweats and can also help to support bone health. Using HRT is a personal choice and should be discussed with your GP, so you understand the pros and cons.

    Some women choose not to use it for personal or medical reasons while others choose to use herbal remedies like black cohosh or St John’s Wort. However, it is worth noting that black cohosh can help relieve hot flushes but doesn’t help with feelings of anxiety or low mood. St John’s Wort, on the other hand, helps with the vasomotor symptoms and can boost mood.

  • What are the signs and symptoms of the menopause?

    The symptoms of the menopause can vary widely, but the most common symptoms are:

    • Irregular, heavy periods or absent periods
    • Hot flushes
    • Night sweats
    • Fatigue and tiredness
    • Low sex drive
    • Vaginal dryness
    • Joint pain
    • Skin and hair changes
    • Weak bladder
    • Anxiety

    Read our Guide To Menopause Symptoms.

  • Can diet help improve symptoms of the menopause?

    Diet may not directly impact specific physical symptoms, although reducing caffeine, and alcohol may help reduce hot flushes, but following a healthy, balanced diet can help to reduce the risk of diseases such as heart disease,  type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis.

    Post-menopausal women are at a greater risk of cardiovascular disease which can cause heart attacks and strokes because of the drop in oestrogen levels. The low oestrogen levels can increase the amount of bad (LDL) cholesterol in the blood and may result in a build-up of fatty deposits on the walls of the arteries, limiting blood flow. For a healthy heart, it is important to:

    • Limit your intake of foods high in saturated fat
    • Eat more foods containing unsaturated fat like vegetable oils
    • Increase your intake of fish to at least two portions per week
    • Eat plenty of whole grains and fibre sources including fruit and vegetables
    • Lower your salt intake as this can cause high blood pressure
  • Can exercise help improve menopause symptoms?

    Exercise is important before, during and after the menopause, particularly because it will benefit muscle mass as well as bone mass and strength.  It is recommended that post-menopausal women should take part in two and a half hours of moderate aerobic activity per week. Strength exercises are also essential during this time of life.

    Physical activity such as yoga helps improve sleep while breathing exercises may help to alleviate stress.

Want To Personalise Your test?

Would you prefer to test more biomarkers in the same sample of blood? All our tests are customisable and can be tested in just one sample of blood. Click the button below to add more biomarkers to this test.

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Kit Dispatch

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Lab Analysis

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Doctor/nurse reviews

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Home phlebotomy appointments

Our home phlebotomy service is running but please be aware, if you or anyone in your household have experienced symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 14 days, due to the current government guidelines, we are unable to arrange an appointment at this time. Due to a high demand for nurses, along with current covid restrictions around the UK, there may be a delay in providing an appointment.

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