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Menopause Blood Test
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A Menopause Blood Test is an easy and effective way to measure hormone levels such as oestrogen and progesterone to determine your menopausal state.
- Luteinising Hormone (LH)
- Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)
- Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
- Free Triiodothyronine (FT3)
- Free Thyroxine (FT4)
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Luteinizing Hormone (LH)
LH or Luteinizing Hormone (LH) is key to regulating the menstrual cycle in women by functioning as a trigger. The levels of LH, which is produced by the pituitary gland in the brain, increase prior to ovulation. The amount of LH in blood stream can help determine healthy functioning of reproductive organs in both men and women. High LH levels indicate ovarian disorders/menopause in women and improper functioning of the pituitary gland, while it can indicate low testosterone levels. Lower levels of LH indicate pituitary gland disorders and high stress. When approaching menopause, there is a fluctuation of LH values in the blood and hence, regular checks are beneficial.
Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)
FSH or Follicle Stimulating Hormone works together with LH, to regulate proper ovulation & oestradiol production and is primarily responsible for egg growth in ovaries. High FSH levels can help to identify poly-cystic ovary syndrome(PCOS) and advent of menopause. Lower FSH levels indicate malfunctioning pituitary gland, weight loss and under-production of eggs by the ovary. Menopause blood test can measure the levels of FSH and help to identify if a woman is approaching menopause/has achieved menopause.
FT3 or free tri-iodothyronine is one of the two critical hormones produced by the thyroid gland. Its deficiency/excess is responsible for most of the thyroid related health issues because of its stronger impact even though it constitutes the lesser fraction as compared to the other hormone, FT4. Menopause blood test detects the amount of FT3 which is not attached to a protein and help to understand thyroid functioning.
Oestradiol is the most important of the three oestrogens produced by the human body. It plays a significant role in helping the female reproductive system to mature and to regulate its functioning. The levels of oestradiol gradually reduce when approaching menopause and it is responsible for the many symptoms encountered during the phase. It is linked with bone cell growth and bone development, which leads to people having lower levels of oestradiol being at a greater risk of osteoporosis. Menopause blood test can detect the levels of oestradiol and help to identify if one needs to opt for external hormone intake to ease the symptoms of menopause.
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) or thyrotropin is secreted by the pituitary gland, located in the head, and can help identify cases of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Both the excess and under-secretion of TSH can lead to weight loss, anxiety, palpitations, irregular sleep patterns and irregular menstrual cycles. Hypothyroidism is majorly associated with overlapping symptoms such as menopause.
Free Thyroxine (FT4)
FT4 or free thyroxine is one of the two critical hormones produced by the thyroid gland. While it is produced in greater abundance as compared to FT3, it is thought of as a reservoir for FT3 whenever the body needs and this leads to conversion of FT4 into FT3. Most of the thyroxine is not attached to a protein and the Menopause blood test helps to identify if there's a deficiency/excess of the hormone to detect thyroid related ailments.
Have you been feeling any of these symptoms lately?
The Menopause Blood Test is suitable for individuals experiencing one or more of the following symptoms:
2. Dryness of skin
3. Mood swings
4. Irregular period cycle
5. Irregular sleep cycle/Insomnia
6. Slower metabolic rate
7. Vaginal dryness
During menopause, your doctor may want to order a blood test to check your hormone levels. This can help them determine if you need treatment for menopause symptoms. The test will measure your oestrogen and progesterone levels. It can also help identify other health concerns that may be related to menopause, such as infertility or osteoporosis. Talk to your doctor about whether a blood test is right for you.
Additional Insight from Dr Sameer Nakedar, MBBS, MRCGP, PGCert
Menopause is a normal biological state when a woman’s ovaries stop functioning. The typical age for most women is around 50 years. Some women can experience early perimenopause symptoms, which can be very difficult. These include mood changes, weight changes, fatigue, hot flushes and many other symptoms.
The menopause biomarkers such as FSH can increase as egg production from the ovary declines. It is important to note that certain contraceptives can change your natural FSH levels.
This package includes the thyroid hormones, as many symptoms in menopause can be like that of thyroid disease.
Approaching menopause can be turbulent but can be an easier process
The Menopause Blood Test is essential to establish menopause in women or to identify perimenopausal phase. The blood test sample will detect the presence of FSH & oestradiol to determine if you need to opt for external hormonal intake to reduce the symptoms caused by approach of menopause. Along with the report, we also provide our Certified Doctors' comments. In addition to that, the test also looks for TSH, FT3 and FT4 because the menopausal symptoms are very similar to the ones caused by hypothyroidism.
Experts Opinion on Menopause Home Tests
"Getting an idea of your biomarker levels may aid you in assessing whether you are going through the menopause and perhaps link your symptoms to a cause, which may help you treat your symptoms accordingly."
How to take a Menopause Blood Test Test
Collecting a blood sample for your finger prick home test is straightforward. Watch the video below for more details on how to take a home blood test.
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Menopause Blood Test Information
Specification of Menopause Blood Test
- Test name: Menopause Blood Test
- Also known as & related tests: Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) test, Estradiol test, Menopause hormone panel
- Test tube: SST (Gold microtainer)
- Brand: Welzo
- Turn around time: Approx. 24 hours
- Lab test ranges:
- Test Kit Marking: MHRA/UKCA
- Location of Lab: United Kingdom
What is a Menopause Blood Test?
A Menopause Blood Test is a home health test offered by Welzo. The Menopause Blood Test can be taken from the comfort of your home using a finger prick sample, which is then sent back to our lab for analysis and interpretation.
What does a Menopause Blood Test for?
A Menopause Blood Test tests for the following:.
What are the benefits of a Menopause Blood Test?
Checking your health through the use of Menopause Blood Test is an important way to track your health. Home testing offers the convenience of conducting health assessments in the comfort of your own home, while enabling quicker, more private results without the need for visiting a healthcare facility.
Can a GP review my Menopause Blood Test?
Yes, Welzo offers a GP review service for the Menopause Blood Test. Follow the link if you would like to have an online GP appointment with your Menopause Blood Test.
Are Menopause Blood Tests available on the NHS?
The NHS offers Menopause Blood Tests subject to eligibility requirements, consultations and local guidelines.
Menopause Blood Test Kit and Ordering
How can a Menopause Blood Test be ordered?
A Menopause Blood Test can be ordered online through Welzo's secure checkout. Select the Menopause Blood Test and add the patient's name and details, then checkout for next-day delivery.
What is included in the Menopause Blood Test test kit?
The Menopause Blood Test contains the following items in the test kit:
- 1 x UN3373 Test Kit for Biological Substances Category B (test kit design may vary from images displayed online depending on the test selected.
- 1 x Free Return Label
- 1 x Finger Prick Lancet / Urine Sample Pouch or Swab (depending on the test ordered)
- 1 x Cleansing Wipe/ Alcohol Swab
- SST (Gold microtainer)
Menopause Blood Test Biomarkers and Results
What biomarkers are tested for in a Menopause Blood Test?
The Menopause Blood Test checks for the following biomarkers:
What are the results ranges for a Menopause Blood Test?
Menopause Blood Test reference ranges vary based on age, sex, population sample and numeric test result ranges. However, once you complete your tests, you will receive clear reference ranges for your Menopause Blood Test.
What is a normal test range for Menopause Blood Test?
The Menopause Blood Test range will be provided on the advanced Welzo reporting panel which will factor in multiple aspects such as age, population size comparison and biological sex.
Menopause Blood Test Procedure and Timing
When should a Menopause Blood Test be taken?
It is best to take a Menopause Blood Test first thing in the morning.
How long does a Menopause Blood Test take?
The typical turnaround for a Menopause Blood Test is 24 hours from receipt at the Welzo laboratory, Monday to Thursday. However, results may come back faster or slower depending on how busy the Welzo laboratory is and if you have requested any biomarkers that take longer to test for. In this case, results can take up to 5 days.
Are there any special preparations required before taking the Menopause Blood Test (e.g., fasting)?
We will let you know via email if there are any special requirements for the Menopause Blood Test. However, typically we recommend you take a Menopause Blood Test first thing in the morning, fasted.
What is the best time to post my Menopause Blood Test?
The best time to return your Menopause Blood Test sample is Monday to Thursday, before 14:00 to ensure the product arrives at our lab on time for same-day analysis.
What sample is required for a Menopause Blood Test?
The Menopause Blood Test requires a capillary blood sample using a SST (Gold microtainer) that is collected from a finger-prick blood sample.
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