Experiencing menopausal symptoms? Take a menopause test at home and know for sure
Screening for menopause is very important for every woman experiencing symptoms, such as irregular periods, hot flashes, vaginal dryness etc; to ascertain the exact causes and subsequent treatment for the same. Menopause screening tests are now possible at home. Read on to find out more about them.
Understanding Menopause and Perimenopause
Menopause is the stage in a woman's life when menstruation stops for at least 12 months. This occurs usually between the ages of 45 and 55. Menopause occurs when levels of the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone fall and the body stops producing eggs. The time before actual menopause is called perimenopause. One may have irregular periods or other symptoms during this time. Perimenopause may last from two to eight years.
Why screen for menopause?
While some women may have little or no trouble when passing through the stages of menopause, many may face problems like hot flashes, night sweats, irregular, scanty or heavy periods, aches and pains, insomnia, depression and mood swings and hence may want to get treated for these symptoms.
October 18, is celebrated as World Menopause Day.
Some 47 million women worldwide enter menopause each year.
Two out of three women experience menopause symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats.
A menopause screening test helps indicates if you are in menopause or perimenopause and accordingly seek advice from your doctor. Visiting a medical practitioner at the right time will help ease out menopause troubles through prescribed medication, diet and exercise. Right advice from the doctor at this stage also helps ward off the risk of developing diseases like osteoporosis, heart ailments, and urinary tract infections; which most women are prone to develop when in menopause.
How to use a home menopause screening test kit?
This home-use test kit, works just like a home pregnancy test. The test is best done with the first urine in the morning. You need to put a few drops of your urine on the test device or hold the tip of this test stick in urine stream for 10 seconds. One should then interpret the result within a maximum of 10 minutes and not any longer.
How does a menopause screening test kit work?
This test kit measures the Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) in your urine. FSH is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland. FSH levels increase temporarily each month to stimulate ovaries to produce eggs. When a woman enters menopause and her ovaries stop working, her FSH levels increase. A menopause screening test indicates whether or not you have elevated FSH levels. The result will indicate if the FSH levels are either over 25mlU/ml or less than 25mlU/ml.
How to interpret the test result?
A negative test result indicates that one is probably not in a menopause stage. Yet, if a woman continues to experience menopause symptoms, she could be in the perimenopause stage and should hence repeat the test once again. Positive tests indicate that the FSH levels in your body are high and you could be in menopause. In either case you must discuss your test results with you medical practitioner.
Do keep in mind; one must never stop talking contraceptives even if the menopause test appears positive. The home menopause test is not foolproof sole reliability on it is not advisable.