The perimenopause is the phase a woman goes through, usually from their early to mid-40’s, as they transition towards the menopause. It is during this time that most women experience the symptoms of irregular periods, hot flushes, night sweats, brain fog, poor concentration and weight gain.
As women transition towards the menopause, the ovaries become less response which will lead to an increase in the levels of FSH and LH. At the same time, oestradiol which is produced by the ovaries will start to decline. Our perimenopause test analyses all 3 female hormones and will indicate if you are transitioning towards the menopause.
The most common symptoms of the perimenopause are:
The perimenopause test measures the three key hormones that fluctuate during this phase of the menopause – it helps to identify if you are transitioning towards the menopause.
Our menopause test measures the same three hormones plus additional biomarkers key to health areas which are more at risk as you transition through the menopause and beyond. We recommend you take the menopause test if you want a wider view of the health markers that have the greatest impact on your wellbeing during this stage of life.
|Biomarker||Perimenopause Test||Menopause Test|
|Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)|
|HDL % of Total Cholesterol|
|Luteinising Hormone (LH)|
|Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)|
|Thyroxine (T4, free direct)|
|Vitamin D (25 OH)|
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There are 3 stages of the menopause:
Oestradiol is the main type of oestrogen found in women. It is produced by the ovaries and has many functions, particularly within the reproductive system.
Oestradiol levels decline with age and there is a significant drop during the menopause which is associated with many of the menopausal symptoms like hot flushes, mood swings and night sweats. In addition, reduced oestrogen along with aging increases the risk of osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease.
The average age of menopause – the point at which period have stopped – in the UK is 51. However, the perimenopause usually happens when a woman reaches her 40s although it can start as late as 50.
The reduction in oestrogen levels are the cause of many menopause symptoms and there are long-term risks of cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis after the menopause has taken place.
There are many things you can do to help manage the symptoms of the menopause and reduce your risk of chronic disease, including:
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